Woodstock Police Department reported today that a hit-and-run driver crashed into a police vehicle that was responding to an emergency on Friday, June 19, 2020 at approximately 6:45 p.m. The Woodstock police Department had been dispatched to a domestic-related call for service at an address on the north side of town when the crash occurred.￼
According to Woodstock Police Department, a police officer en route to the domestic-related call with emergency lights and sirens activated and functioning on the fully-marked Woodstock squad car was traveling northbound in the block of 0-99 North East Wood Drive (Route 47) and was in the designated turn lane of the roadway — the center lane.
Traffic in the northbound lane was at a standstill, when the driver of a red 4-door Chevrolet compact car pulled out onto North East Wood Drive from a parking lot of a strip mall. The driver of the of the red Chevrolet was attempting to go southbound.
As the driver of the Chevrolet crossed into the center lane an turned to go south, the red Chevrolet struck the Woodstock police squad car head on. The officer, who was driving the squad car, immediately attempted to stop to avoid the collision, and nearly stopped his police vehicle before the impact. The police vehicle is a Ford Interceptor sedan.
Following the collision, the driver of the Chevrolet backed up, and drove around the squad car, fleeing the scene. The Woodstock police officer briefly lost sight of the red Chevrolet, but quickly located it parked nearby at 637 East Calhoun Street.
Woodstock Police Department officers approached the vehicle and determined it to be on occupied. A brief time later, the suspect, Edgar Flores , age 30 of Woodstock, walked out of the resident and admitted that he was the driver of the vehicle in the crash with the Woodstock Police Department squad car.
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Not the wisest decision to flee the scene after colliding with a squad car. The Woodstock officer had been responding to a call with lights and siren activated Friday evening; he was uninjured. The driver was arrested two blocks away at his presumed home. #FridayVibes pic.twitter.com/VuMVpoNFxK
— Alex Vucha (@alexvucha) June 20, 2020
After determining Flores was not injured from the collision, he was placed under arrest for leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Flores was transported to the Woodstock Police Department, where he was processed and issued a notice to appear for the citation of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and was released from custody with a court date (August 6, 2020 at 8:30 AM). Bond was set at $2500/10%￼￼.
The involved Woodstock Police Department officer was not injured during this incident. Other Woodstock Police Department police officer were also able to respond and resolve the domestic-related incident officers as initially assigned.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s office also assisted with the hit-and-run crash investigation.
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