State Police: Driver charged after Woodford deputy’s vehicle hit along interstate

The deputy and the driver were not injured.
Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 12:43 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2023 at 12:46 PM CDT
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GOODFIELD (25News Now) - Illinois State Police say a driver was charged after a Woodford County deputy’s vehicle was hit during a vehicle fire along the interstate earlier Tuesday.

State police say that troopers were on scene just after midnight Tuesday for a vehicle fire at the Goodfield exit along Interstate 74.

Woodford County sheriff deputies helped in shutting down the eastbound lanes of I-74 and rerouted traffic off the interstate.

One county squad car was positioned at the crossover and one was positioned diagonally across both lanes.

At around 1:28 a.m., state police say a DUI driver crashed into a county squad car at the base of the exit ramp, hitting the passenger front fender causing extensive damage.

The deputy was in the process of getting into his squad car and noticed the vehicle coming at him, running into the center median.

The driver was charged with aggravated DUI - uninsured vehicle, failure to yield to emergency vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Both the deputy and driver were not injured.