A three-vehicle crash involving a Lakemoor police squad at Route 120 and Kreuger Road in Lakemoor sent one person to the hospital Thursday afternoon. | Photo Submitted to Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A driver was transported to the hospital and cited after he slammed into the rear of a police squad car that was on a traffic stop in Lakemoor Thursday afternoon.

Lakemoor Deputy Police Chief George Manis said the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Route 120 and Kreuger Road.

A Lakemoor police officer conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala on Route 120 just east of Kreuger Road.

The officer was out of his squad explaining the ticket to the violator, Manis said.

A Ford Escape traveling westbound on Route 120 crashed into the rear of the squad in front of the village hall.

The police car was hit “pretty hard” and pushed approximately 15 feet into the car that was originally stopped by the officer, Manis said.

The driver of the Ford, a McHenry man, was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.

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Manis said the officer and the driver of the stopped vehicle were uninjured.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded and conducted a crash investigation.

The driver of the Ford told officers that his brakes failed and he was unable to avoid striking the police car, Manis said.

The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and Scott’s Law violation. He has since been released from the hospital.