Driver Charged with DUI Following Thorough Crash Investigation of December 29, 2018 Crash into House on Yorkhouse Rd, Beach Park

Yajaira Gallaga, suspected DUI driver in car vs house crash in Beach Park.
Yajaira Gallaga, suspected DUI driver in car vs house crash in Beach Park.

Following a thorough investigation of a crash of a Chrysler Sebring into a house that occurred on December 29, 2018, Lake County Sheriff’s Crash Investigators met with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office on September 20, 2019 to review the facts of this crash. Crash Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for the driver of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring, Yajaira Gallaga.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges for Yajaira Gallaga, age 20, of the block of 38200 North Sheridan Road, Beach Park:

• Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (Class A Misdemeanor)

• Alcohol Concentration in the Blood or Urine 0.08 or More (Class A Misdemeanor)

• Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (Class A Misdemeanor)

• Driving Under the Combined Influence of Alcohol and Drugs (Class A Misdemeanor)

• Any Amount of a Drug, Substance, or Compound in the Blood or Urine (Class A Misdemeanor)

Gallaga was arrested at her residence without incident on Monday, September 30, 2019.

A Lake County Judge set bond on the warrant in the amount of $25,000.00. Gallaga currently remains held in the Lake County Jail pending an initial court appearance this morning.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reminded the public that defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded about 1:00 a.m. December 29, 2018 to a residence in the block of 10000 West Yorkhouse Road, Beach Park, for a traffic crash with injuries. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and located a car versus house traffic crash with major damage.

Preliminary investigation showed a 2007 Chrysler Sebring, driven by a 19-year-old female of Waukegan, was traveling eastbound on Yorkhouse Road in the area of Geraghty Street. For an unknown reason, the driver of Chrysler left the roadway and crashed into an unoccupied home, causing extensive damage. The home was deemed uninhabitable due to the damage caused by the crash. The driver was able to walk away from the car and go to a nearby home to ask for assistance. She was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Initially the Lake County Sheriff’s Office stated that alcohol did appear to be a factor in the crash.

Sheriff John Idleburg reminds the community, “Alcohol and operating a vehicle don’t mix. If you’ve been drinking, don’t risk getting behind the wheel. Find an alternative method to get to where you’re going – it’s simply not worth risking your life and the lives of others.”

The crash was investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.

Yajaira Gallaga, suspected DUI driver in car vs house crash in Beach Park
Yajaira Gallaga, suspected DUI driver in car vs house crash in Beach Park.
Yajaira Gallaga, suspected DUI driver in car vs house crash in Beach Park.
Yajaira Gallaga, suspected DUI driver in car vs house crash in Beach Park.

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