Rollover crash into newly constructed Arlington Heights Police Station.
Arlington Heights police released information about a serious crash at the newly-constructed Arlington Heights Police Station, 200 East Sigwalt Street. Police say the crash occurred on November 11, 2018, at about 5:28 PM. However, witnesses reported the crash occurred closer to 5:40 PM. Firefighter/paramedics arrived to find one man trapped in his overturned car for a traffic crash with entrapment.
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Police say the crash involved a single motor vehicle — a black 2015 Volkswagen GTI, that was driven westbound on Sigwalt Street, approaching Belmont Avenue. Apparently, at about Belmont Avenue the driver lost control of the GTI, hit a curb, went airborne, flew over a landscaping barrier wall, rolled, and hit the east wall of the front lobby of the police station.
The wall, with a stone exterior, did not prevent the vehicle from penetrating the lobby. There was a gaping hole where the vehicle hit the lobby wall. Initial investigation by police revealed the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway. Police say the vehicle overturned and struck the front of the Arlington Heights Police Department building at 200 East Sigwalt Street. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a 44 year-old male from Brookhaven, Georgia, was extricated from the vehicle by the Arlington Heights Fire Department and transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. Police said last night the driver was listed in critical, but stable, condition.
The new police facility at 200 East Sigwalt Street was in the final stages of construction and unoccupied at the time of the crash. Both the vehicle and building sustained significant damage. Arlington Heights Police Department Crash Reconstructionists responded last night, and were continuing their investigation into the crash. At the time of the police department press release, no criminal charges had been filed as the investigation remains open and ongoing.
The driver is expected to be tested for the presence of alcohol or drugs in his system.
Incident Highlights …
The driver of the crashed vehicle is a resident of Brookhaven, Georgia.
The driver, age 44, appeared to be a bald, white male.
Brookhaven (pop. 54,169) is located in DeKalb near the border of Fulton County and DeKalb County, Georgia — northeast of Atlanta.
There were Georgia license plates (Fulton County) on the vehicle.
The license plate renewal sticker on the vehicle was expired SEP 2018.
The vehicle was a black or dark-colored 2015 Volkswagen GTI.
The vehicle, moving westbound, struck the curb and exited Sigwalt Street onto the parkway on the north side near Belmont Avenue. The GTI then traveled (partially airborne) toward the Pine Avenue intersection, where it hit the lobby wall. The police station front lobby is aligned with Pine Avenue.
A stone landscape barrier in the lawn in front of the building did not protect the building from being hit by the vehicle.
The lobby wall is apparently not protected by a solid stone/reinforced wall, but more of a decorative stone wall that was penetrated by the crashed vehicle.
The building’s fire alarm was activated when the crash occurred.
Hundreds of 8.5 x 11-inch papers apparently flew out of the vehicle when the vehicle hit the building. The papers were scattered across the sidewalk and even onto the roof of the police station.
Mud and/or mulch was sprayed along the path of the vehicle, and mud and/or mulch was sprayed on the wall of the police station from impact with the vehicle and wheels.
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