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The original item was published from 7/29/2023 10:01:44 AM to 8/20/2023 12:00:00 AM.

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Posted on: July 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Drunk Driver Crashes into Squad Car

A drunk driver crashed into a marked Lake County Sheriff’s Squad car that was transporting an arrestee to jail.  

On July 29, 2023, at approximately 2:10 a.m., a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy was transporting an arrestee to the Lake County Jail for domestic battery.  The deputy was traveling southbound on Sheridan Road north of Washington Street, Waukegan, in a marked squad car.  The driver of a Dodge Charger, Anas M. Karmash, 20, of the 33900 block of North Summerfields Drive, unincorporated Gurnee, was traveling southbound, in the inside lane, directly next to the squad car.  

Karmash made an abrupt right turn into a parking lot, striking the driver’s side of the squad car.  Karmash quickly exited his vehicle and attempted to blend in with a group of people in a parking lot.  Karmash was approached by the sheriff’s deputy, who observed indications of alcohol impairment.  It was determined Karmash was driving under the influence of alcohol and he was arrested.  

The arrestee initially being transported to the jail for domestic battery sustained a back injury in the crash and was transported to an area hospital.  He was treated at the hospital and released back into custody a short time later.  

Karmash was transported to the Lake County Jail and charged with:

DUI – Alcohol

Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Operating an Uninsured Vehicle

Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash

Improper Lane Usage

Additional or enhanced charges are possible.  

Karmash was processed and released on a $3,000.00 Recognizance Bond pending a return court date of September 13, 2023 at 8:45 a.m. in Courtroom C-207.

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

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