Crime & Courts

Drunken driver strikes Fox Lake squad car in unincorporated Spring Grove, police say

Crash occurred as 2 Fox Lake officers conducted traffic stop on Route 12

A drunken driver struck a Fox Lake squad car Friday morning, according to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

A Fox Lake police officer was conducting a traffic stop about 1:50 a.m. on Route 12 near Lake Vista Terrace in unincorporated Spring Grove, according to the release.

A second Fox Lake officer arrived to assist and turned on the car’s emergency lights before exiting the vehicle.

Clinton P. Harris-Snelten, 30, was traveling north on Route 12 in a Volkswagen SUV when he crashed into the back of the parked squad car, police said.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Harris-Snelten, of the 7900 block of North Harold Place, unincorporated Spring Grove, and took him to the Lake County Jail.

He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a Scott’s Law violation, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and driving without insurance.

Driving under the influence is a Class A misdemeanor, which could result in less than a year in prison.

Harris-Snelten was released on a $3,000 bond and is set to appear in court Aug. 5.

No one was injured in the crash.

“This reckless act could have resulted in the loss of life or serious injury,” Fox Lake Police Chief Jimmy Lee said. “I’m very grateful our officers weren’t injured, nor were the occupants of the vehicle they had pulled over.”

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg reminded drivers to not drink and drive and to move over for emergency vehicles.

“It is dangerous enough being a first responder without having to worry about intoxicated motorists striking emergency vehicles with their emergency lights activated,” Idleburg said.

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