A Waukegan man was arrested after he allegedly fled from police and ran into a wooded area after crashing his car into a retention pond near Round Lake Park.
Jeremy Point, 39, of Waukegan, was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding police, two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, possession of hypodermic needles, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and numerous traffic offenses.
The Round Lake Park Police Department responded around 6:54 p.m. on June 18 to the 500 block of East Washington Street for a report of a reckless driving complaint.
Round Lake Park Police Chief Daniel Burch said a vehicle was reported to have almost sideswiped other vehicles.
When officers arrived in the area, they observed Point driving recklessly and cutting off other vehicles.
Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Point’s vehicle while it traveled eastbound on Washington Street, Burch said.
Point then made a u-turn in the middle of the road and turned northbound onto Hainesville Road at a very high rate of speed, Burch said.
Officers shortly after observed several vehicles pulled to the side of the road near Hainesville Road and East Clarendon Drive in Round Lake Beach.
When officers were in the area, they observed Point’s vehicle in a retention pond.
Point was seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing into a wooded area, Burch said.
Officers later located the man hiding between tall shrubs and trees on the north side of Renwood Golf Course.
He was uninjured and placed under arrest without further incident.
Officers learned Point had an active warrant out of Lake County for failing to appear on a previous drug and aggravated DUI case. His bond was set at $51,000.
Point was arrested on the warrant and faced additional charges for fleeing police.
He remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
Point is scheduled to appear in court again on July 11 for a preliminary hearing.