An Oak Lawn man, who apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into an Illinois Department of Corrections vehicle, was arrested after failing to contact police and instead walking home to report the accident to his parents.
Jesse Saavedra was taken into custody at his home in Oak Lawn after he allegedly smashed his Dodge Ram into the state’s parked Chevy Impala on 99th Street and then walked to his nearby residence.
The police arrived on the scene at 99th and Keeler at about 4:45 a.m. on December 1st to find Saavdra’s Dodge Ram pickup and the Chevy Impala without drivers. A witness had told the dispatcher that a man wearing a black coat and gray tank top was walking west bound on 99th Street away from the crash.
The registration on the Dodge Ram pointed to the owner of the car and his address. The police found Saavedra at the house wearing a dark jacket and gray tank top when he answered the door. According to the police, Saavedra admitted driving the truck.
According to his statement to the police, Saavedra said he had been returning home after being out all day and fell asleep at the wheel. After attempting to drive home to inform his parents of the crash, Saavedra said he realized the Ram was too damaged to drive.
He told the police he took his cell phone, wallet and keys from the car and walked to the residence. He admitted that he didn’t try to contact the police or the owner of the car that he hit. He also didn’t leave a note on the car for the owner to explain the damage.
Saavedra was taken into custody and charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, hit and run accident, failing to leave information after striking an unattended vehicle, failure to notify the police and damage to government property.
Saavedra, a 27 year old Hispanic male with an Oak Lawn address, posted bond and was released.