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DYER — Police are pursuing drunken driving charges against a 22-year-old St. John man who crashed his car just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday and fled the scene through an icy creek. 

The St. John driver struck a guard rail on Fagen Street, a small stretch of road that runs parallel with U.S. 30 and dead ends just west of Plum Creek.

Dyer Police Chief David Hein said the man was the only occupant in the vehicle. Evidence at the scene indicated he possibly sustained injuries, Hein said.

Footprints led down an embankment and onto an icy creek.

"It appeared that he broke through the ice several times but was able to get up the other side," Hein said.

A K-9 was called to the scene from Lake County Sheriff's Department to aid in the search, he said.

During the search, a 911 call was received from someone in the 2200 block of Hart to report a suspicious injured male needing assistance.

Officers determined it was the driver and he was transported to a local hospital for injuries.

Charges of operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident are pending, Hein said. The suspect will be identified once charges are filed. 


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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.