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Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake man takes plea deal in 2017 road rage incident

25-year-old who police say pretended to shoot driver receives jail sentence

Nicholas Simms, 25, of the 1400 block of Blue Heron Drive, Crystal Lake
Nicholas Simms, 25, of the 1400 block of Blue Heron Drive, Crystal Lake

A Crystal Lake man accused of banging on a driver’s car window in 2017 and then using his fingers to mimic shooting the man has pleaded guilty to battery.

Nicholas Simms, 25, of the 1400 block of Blue Heron Drive, accepted an offer Friday from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Simms was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge and 60 days in the McHenry County Jail, where he remained Friday evening.

The charges against Simms stemmed from a July 9, 2017, incident at Pyott and James R. Rakow roads.

Simms allegedly pounded on a driver’s car window and shouted “pop, pop, pop” while making a shooting gesture with his hand, court records show.

He then shouted to another person, “Bring me the 9,” according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court in 2017.

Simms also is accused of striking the victim in the face, causing bruising and a cut near the man’s eye.

The man’s glasses were broken during the incident, resulting in less than $500 of damage, according to the complaint.

In exchange for Simms’ guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed additional charges, including disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

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