Prosecutors say a 20-year-old man struck multiple cars, including intentionally ramming one car at least four times, before trying to hit pedestrians with his car in Waukegan.
The Waukegan Police Department responded around 9:50 p.m. Saturday to the area of 604 Grand Avenue for a call of a hit-and-run crash.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Lillian Lewis said the incident involved a rolling multiple-vehicle crash.
An orange Jeep, driven by Ryan M. Kostelnik, 20, of McHenry, was observed crossing lanes of traffic and striking multiple vehicles.
Kostelnik was driving westbound on Grand Avenue near Hickory Street when he veered into oncoming traffic, Lewis said.
The Jeep struck a BMW and then hit a Land Rover. Kostelnik reversed his car and struck the Land Rover two more times.
The occupants of the Land Rover got out and ran away before Kostelnik struck the Land Rover a fourth time, Lewis said.
Lewis said that Kostelnik reversed his Jeep and then drove straight at the occupants of the Land Rover after they looked at him.
The occupants ran behind a fence at 608 Grand Avenue, at which point Kostelnik rammed the fence to try and hit them, Lewis said.
The occupants of the Land Rover were injured and transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
Kostelnik fled and crashed his Jeep again, Lewis said. Officers stopped Kostelnik’s vehicle as it traveled eastbound on Grand Avenue at County Street.
Officers determined Kostelnik was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Kostelnik was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injury, two counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, criminal damage to property, consumption of liquor by a minor, leaving the scene of a crash, unlawful cannabis use by a driver, improper traffic lane usage and reckless driving.
Lake County Judge James Simonian ordered Kostelnik held on a $75,000 bond.
Kostelnik was released from the Lake County Jail after posting 10% of his bond.