An accused drunk driver was arrested after his car got stuck on the railroad tracks and a Metra train, which was occupied with passengers, struck the car in North Chicago Friday evening.
The incident happened just after 9 p.m. Friday at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Sheridan Road in North Chicago.
Metra train 370 was inbound to Chicago and had just left the Waukegan station, according to Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis.
A vehicle became stuck on the tracks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive crossing, Gillis said.
The driver was able to get out of the car before the train — operating on the Union-Pacific North line — struck it.
The North Chicago Fire Department and North Chicago Police Department, along with the Metra Police Department, responded to the scene.
No injuries were reported, Gillis said, adding that the driver of the car was arrested for driving under the influence.
Passengers on the involved train were transferred to another train.
Several trains were delayed due to the crash, which was cleared after approximately two hours.
Prosecutors in court Saturday afternoon identified the driver of the vehicle as Edgar Baker, 66, of North Chicago.
Baker had bloodshot glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage, prosecutors said.
His blood alcohol content was 0.198, which is over twice the legal limit.
Court records show this was Baker’s at least third driving under the influence case in Lake County.
He was charged with three counts of felony aggravated driving under the influence, two counts of driving under the influence and illegal stopping or standing on the roadway.
Lake County Judge Bolling Haxall, who said he was “really on the fence” on whether Baker should be in jail due to the danger to the community, allowed the man to be released on a personal recognizance bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 23.