Prosecutors say a man who was driving drunk fought with responding officers who tried to help him after he caused a rollover crash in North Chicago Sunday evening.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlin Valiulis said during a bond hearing Monday that officers with the North Chicago Police Department responded around 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a single-vehicle crash.
A car had rolled over on Route 41 south of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and went off the roadway.
Valiulis said the car had crashed into a tree and officers had to force the driver’s door open to see if the occupants were okay.
The driver, Carlos Zamudio, was trying to climb over his girlfriend to exit the passenger side of the vehicle.
Officers could smell alcohol in the car and tried to stop Zamudio, 43, of Chicago, from escaping and he became combative, Valiulis said.
Zamudio fought with officers and resisted getting into the squad car, Valiulis said.
The man ripped up paperwork the police gave him during his arrest.
Officers found an Illinois driver’s license with Zamudio’s name on it but it was determined to be fraudulent and never authorized for use, Valiulis said.
Zamudio had an active arrest warrant for a fraudulent driver’s license case at the time of his arrest.
Zamudio was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a fraudulent identification card, two counts of resisting a peace officer, driving without a license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and improper traffic lane usage.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Zamudio held in the Lake County Jail on a $300,000 bond.
Zamudio, who would need to post $30,000 cash to be released, is scheduled to appear in court again on May 31.