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Chicago man drives into businesses on Chicago Ave.

Police charge driver with driving under the influence

October 11th, 2018 11:58 AM

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A Chicago man has been charged with driving under the influence after wrecking his SUV, which he drove into two commercial storefronts in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue at 2:17 a.m., according to Oak Park police.

The driver, Larell D. Jackson, 25, of the 4500 block of Wilcox Avenue in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving on the sidewalk and driving without insurance, according to Oak Park Police Commander Roger Grivetti.

Jackson drove his vehicle into Barber's Gallery, 252 Chicago Ave., and the adjacent Blind Creations Tattoos, 250 ½ Chicago Ave., tearing off the façade to the two storefronts and causing extensive structural damage to the building. It's uncertain whether Thai Oak Park Express, 250 Chicago Ave., was damaged in the crash.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, Grivetti said in a telephone interview.

"He was driving at a high rate of speed and drove off the road and onto the sidewalk and hit the building," Grivetti said.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, but one passenger was taken to Loyola Medical Center for lacerations to the head, Grivetti said.

He said the Oak Park Fire Department also responded to the accident.

Jackson was taken into custody and was released on a 10 percent bond of $3,000.

tim@oakpark.com