CHICAGO (WREX) – Another Scott’s Law violation led to an IDOT truck being hit early Sunday morning due to a driver under the influence, according to police.
Illinois State Police say it happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday on the I-94 northbound exit ramp to Roosevelt Road.
An IDOT truck and a fully marked Chicago Police car were parked with emergency lights on blocking lanes when a Dodge Caravan heading northbound on I-94 did not slow down.
The IDOT truck was hit and the worker was inside the vehicle at the time. The IDOT employee was a 70-year-old man who was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Dodge Caravan, Darrell Sims, 52, of Chicago, was not injured. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper lane usage, improper passing of an emergency vehicle, improper passing of an emergency vehicle causing injury to another, improper passing of an emergency vehicle causing property damage to another, illegal transportation of an open alcohol container (driver), following too closely and possession of a controlled substance.
Illinois State Police say, “The ISP would like to remind the public that driving under the influence is dangerous and against the law. Intoxicating substances can impair a person’s judgment and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Additionally, the ISP would like to remind the public of the requirements of Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the “Move Over” law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and change lanes when it is safe to do so.”