Norberto Garcia-Acevedo, 27, of Round Lake, (left) was charged with intentionally crashing into a police squad car, causing serious injuries to the officer, at Cedar Lake Road and Washington Street in Round Lake Wednesday afternoon. | Provided Photos

A man is facing felony charges after officials say he intentionally crashed his SUV into a police car, leaving the officer “very” seriously injured, in Round Lake Wednesday afternoon.

Round Lake Police Chief David Prus said a Round Lake police officer was traveling northbound on Cedar Lake Road approaching Washington Street in Round Lake around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

A Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Norberto Garcia-Acevedo, 27, of Round Lake, was traveling southbound on Cedar Lake Road.

Garcia-Acevedo abruptly swerved his Chevrolet into the northbound lanes of traffic, striking the marked police squad head-on.

The squad had been traveling at a slow speed approaching the intersection at the time of the impact.

The police officer was transported to an area hospital with “very serious injuries,” Prus said.

The officer remains hospitalized as of Thursday with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

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The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries where he was treated and released into police custody.

A preliminary investigation showed Garcia-Acevedo was intoxicated and intentionally targeted the police officer with his vehicle, Prus said.

Multiple police officers and firefighters smelled an “extreme odor” of alcohol coming from Garcia-Acevedo, Prus said.

Prus said video evidence was obtained and Garcia-Acevedo made statements, which led investigators to determine he intentionally struck the squad.

Garcia-Acevedo was arrested and charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence. Additional charges are possible.

Both drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles.

The intersection of Cedar Lake Road and Washington Street was completely shut down for approximately four hours.

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Garcia-Acevedo was expected to be transported to the Lake County Courthouse for first appearance court.

Garcia-Acevedo only has a prior charge of disorderly conduct from a few years ago but does not have any serious criminal background, Prus said.

The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) is conducting an independent investigation into the crash.