A police officer rescued a trapped driver in a vehicle that became engulfed in flames after it slammed into the rear of a stopped police squad on Route 41 in Gurnee Thursday evening.
The Gurnee Police Department conducted a traffic stop on southbound Route 41 just north of Route 120 around 9:50 p.m. Thursday.
Officers learned the driver, Zyaire France, 20, of Zion, had an active warrant out of Wisconsin, according to Gurnee Police Department Public Information Officer Shawn Gaylor.
Officers took France into custody and transported him to the Lake County Jail.
A Gurnee police officer remained by France’s vehicle waiting for another person to arrive at the scene and pickup the car.
Gaylor said the officer was sitting inside a marked patrol squad with lights flashing, which was positioned behind France’s car.
A 2017 Chevrolet Trax collided with the back of the squad car around 10:55 p.m.
The officer was uninjured in the collision and rushed to assess the occupants of the Chevrolet, Gaylor said.
The officer worked to extricate the driver, a 63-year-old North Chicago woman, from the Chevrolet after it had caught fire.
A 61-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl, both North Chicago residents, were able to exit from their passenger seats without assistance, Gaylor said.
The Gurnee Fire Department soon arrived to extinguish the flames engulfing the Chevrolet.
The driver and the two passengers of the Chevrolet suffered minor injuries and were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
Gaylor said the driver of the Chevrolet was believed to have been intoxicated.
Southbound Route 41 was shut down for several hours while investigators with the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) responded to the scene to conduct the crash investigation.