Officials Warn the Motoring Public About the Dangers of Drinking and Driving During the Holiday Season
Chicago – Illinois State Police are signaling another urgent warning to the motoring public to celebrate responsibly after a male driver was traveling the wrong way on the Edens Expressway for approximately 11 miles and 10 minutes.
The driver, Sergio Galez- Delira, 24 of Glenview, was driving a Black 2001 Mitsubishi SUV at approximately 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning when he was observed driving the wrong way on I-94 northbound Elston, until he was stopped by Glencoe Police at Tower Road.
Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Joseph Stangl had no recollection of a motorist driving under the influence for this length of distance and time, and attributed the time and light traffic on the expressway for preventing a major fatal tragedy.
Numerous calls of a wrong way driver on the northbound lanes of I-94 near Elston were received describing an SUV traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the Edens Expressway. Illinois State Police dispatched several cars in an attempt to curb the vehicle.
“The driver managed to avoid striking any other vehicles, but this could have turned into a horrific tragedy based on one driver’s decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated,” said ISP Master Sergeant Joseph Stangl. “Several callers reported they were nearly sideswiped by other drivers, and they were fearful of how to gain control of their vehicles,” he added.
Galez-Delira was arrested for DUI and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Open Alcohol, No Insurance and Improper Lane Usage.