Man arrested for DUI after crashing into liquor store


From the Chicago Tribune (story by Ronnie Wachter):

A Wheeling man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol this week, after police say he drove an SUV through the window of an area liquor store.

According to a Buffalo Grove police report, Ramakanth Gentela, 40, of the 1600 block of Woodduck Lane in Wheeling, drove a Land Rover on Tuesday to BG Liquor, 223 W. Dundee Road.

“He was attempting to park his vehicle and accidentally accelerated, causing his Land Rover to crash into a sign (belonging to the business) and then crash into the glass entrance doors, causing severe damage,” an officer wrote in the police report.

Police photos of the scene show the car hit and bent BG Liquor’s double front glass doors, but did not break through them. According to the police report, firefighters examined the brick walls on both sides and declared the building sound for continued operation, but recommended that the owner board up his now open-air store.

The Land Rover suffered heavy front-end damage and was leaking fluid, the report said.

“I could immediately smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath,” the reporting officer wrote in the report.

Gentela had a blood-alcohol content of 0.135, police said. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.


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