Cops: Would-be thief causes five-car crash
By BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 2012 9:22PM
Updated: June 2, 2012 8:11AM
BOLINGBROOK — Police say a man who was caught breaking into a parked car caused a five-car crash while fleeing the scene Friday.
At 12:25 a.m., Jesus Garcia, 22, was spotted breaking into a vehicle parked outside Payday Loan Store, 348 S. Bolingbrook Drive, Lt. Mike Rompa said.
“Garcia was startled by a vehicle alarm, he then jumped into his Ford Windstar and fled toward the intersection of Route 53 and Remington Boulevard (where) he caused a five-vehicle crash at the intersection, flipping the van he was operating,” Rompa said.
Garcia then crawled from the van and ran behind Aldi Foods, where he was found hiding in a trash bin. Police reportedly found open alcohol and the navigation system from the burglarized vehicle inside the Windstar.
Garcia was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for head injuries and arrested upon his release Sunday.
None of the other drivers — a 47-year-old Chicago man, a 40-year-old Glendale Heights woman, a 34-year-old Plainfield woman and a 28-year-old Joliet woman — was injured.
Garcia, of 242 Warwick Court, was booked into the county jail on charges of burglary, aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license, operating an uninsured vehicle and transportation of open alcohol.