Man charged with DUI and aggravated speeding after crashing into new Arlington Hts police station

From the Chicago Tribune:

An Arlington Heights man who, police said, was speeding at 104 mph when he crashed recently into the village’s new police station has been charged.

Sam O. Kerlin, 44, of the 0-99 block of South Vail Avenue, was charged Nov. 16 with driving under the influence of drugs, speeding 35 mph or more over the speed limit, reckless driving and improper lane use, Arlington Heights police said in a statement.

The charges were filed after Kerlin was released from Northwest Community Hospital following treatment for injuries that he sustained during the one-vehicle crash on Nov. 11. The man told investigators last week while at the hospital that he had used cocaine and taken prescription drugs, including anti-depressants, shortly before the crash, which was captured on security cameras at the new police station, police said.

In the video, Kerlin can be seen driving a 2015 Volkswagen car at a high rate of speed west on Sigwalt Street around 5:30 p.m.

His car then veers off the road and flips over before crashing into the east side of the entrance of the new, $28 million police headquarters, which the police department was planning to move into later this month.

The construction project started during summer 2017 and was meant to replace the old station, which was originally built in 1979, with a modernized headquarters totaling 70,000 square feet.

Officials also were planning to host a grand opening event in late November for the new police station, which was built on the site of the old station at 200 E. Sigwalt St., but those plans since have been postponed to a later date, police have said.

Since the crash, an engineer also has assessed the building and determined that the damage was non-structural in nature, police said. Repair work is ongoing.