Waukegan Resident Charged with DUI After Crashing into Building, Suffering Burns in Beach Park

Wrecked pickup truck after Beach Park DUI crash on Sunday, December 3, 2023 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Wrecked pickup truck after Beach Park DUI crash on Sunday, December 3, 2023 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man for driving under the influence of alcohol, after he crashed into a building overnight.

On December 3, 2023, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a business in the 37000 block of North Sheridan Road, Beach Park, for a traffic crash. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a Chevrolet Silverado engulfed in flames. Just prior to the arrival of deputies, Good Samaritans pulled the driver and a passenger from the vehicle, likely saving their lives.

Preliminary investigation shows the Chevrolet, driven by Roy R. Montoya-Medina, 23, of Waukegan, was traveling eastbound on Blanchard Road at a high rate of speed. For an unknown reason, Montoya-Medina left the roadway, drove through a grassy area and struck the south side of a self-storage building. The Chevrolet ignited after striking the building.

Montoya-Medina and his passenger a 25-year-old man of Antioch, were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries, including serious burns.

It was determined Montoya-Medina was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was subsequently cited with DUI-Alcohol and Reckless Driving. Montoya-Medina is required to appear in court on January 24, 2024, at 8:45 a.m. in courtroom C207.

Building inspectors were summoned to the scene to determine the building’s structural integrity.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.



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