A suspected hit-and-run and intoxicated man was hospitalized in serious condition after police say he drove his SUV in a field before going airborne and crashing near a Libertyville subdivision Sunday evening.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Libertyville Fire Department responded around 6:35 p.m. Sunday to the Brookhill Park subdivision in unincorporated Libertyville for a car that crashed into a tree in a field.
The subdivision is located off Route 21 and north of Route 137.
Deputies arrived and found a 36-year-old Gurnee man who drove his 2015 Honda SUV through the security gates on Casey Road and entered the field, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.
The man drove through the field and went airborne, coming to a rest in between two large trees.
Firefighters had to use rescue equipment to extricate the man from his SUV, which took around 45 minutes, according to fire department radio traffic.
Paramedics transported him to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in serious condition, where he was stabilized.
Deputies believe the man was involved in two hit-and-run crashes in Gurnee – one at Washington Street and Hunt Club Road and another at Mariano’s – earlier in the afternoon, Covelli said.
They also believe he was driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance.
Charges will likely be filed after the driver is released from the hospital, Covelli said.
Towing crews waited until Monday morning and worked with tree experts to remove the SUV because of the complexity and risk of one of the trees falling into a nearby structure.