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Woodstock Secretary of State office still partially closed following U-Haul accident

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 2:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 11:34 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The portion of Woodstock's Secretary of State branch that issues driver's licenses and driving records remains closed nearly a month after a U-Haul truck rammed through the building.

Extensive damage from the Jan. 3 accident, which occurred in the evening when nobody was in the building, has caused the prolonged repair efforts, Illinois Secretary of State Spokesman Dave Druker said.

The side of the office at 428 S. Eastwood Dr. that issues titles, license plates and stickers never closed after the incident.

Druker said motorists can travel to Elgin or Libertyville – where the Woodstock driver services employees have been transferred – for their driver services needs until the Woodstock office is back open, which could be next week.

"The plan is to open [Feb.] fourth," he said.

Police never issued any citations in the incident.

Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen said Wednesday the driver was experiencing a mental health episode that possibly included symptoms like seeing visions, experiencing chest pains and hearing voices talking to him at the time of the incident.

Because the police department doesn't have an agreement to provide traffic control in the parking lot of the incident, police had limited options to pursue charges, Lowen said. He said the driver's mental state made it impossible to prove reckless driving, which hinges on evidence that the driver was deliberately endangering life or property.

"Other than that, it would have had to be criminal charges," he said. "And in light of the circumstances surrounding his well-bring, it wasn't possible."

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