A Round Lake Beach man has been arrested after being charged with driving drunk and causing a high-speed rollover crash that killed two Lake County men in Round Lake in 2020.
Jose S. Aguirre, 28, of Round Lake Beach, was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of reckless homicide.
An information warrant filed in Lake County Circuit Court alleges Aguirre was driving under the influence on September 27, 2020.
Aguirre drove above the posted speed limit and left his lane of travel, causing his vehicle to roll over, the warrant said.
The crash left two men dead and a third man seriously injured, the warrant said.
According to police radio traffic from the time of the incident, a Round Lake police officer had attempted to stop a speeding vehicle around 3:30 a.m. that morning.
The vehicle, later determined by investigators to be driven by Aguirre, refused to stop and speeds were reported to be in excess of 100 mph, the officer reported.
The officer terminated the brief chase and a short time later came upon the vehicle, which had crashed into a wooded area near Route 134 and West Main Street in Round Lake.
Juan Renteria-Becerra, 34, of Mundelein, and Edgar Herrera, 30, of Round Lake Beach, were passengers in the vehicle.
Renteria-Becerra and Herrera were both pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner’s office said at the time.
Aguirre and a fourth occupant in the car were both hospitalized. One of them was transported to the hospital by a medical helicopter.
The crash was investigated by the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT).
A Lake County judge signed an arrest warrant for Aguirre in October 2021.
Aguirre was taken into the custody of the Lake County Jail late last month, records show.
Aguirre remains held on a $1 million bond. He would need to post $100,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 26.