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1 Injured, Driver Charged with DUI After Plowing into Forest Preserve

Police responded to a drunk driving accident in the 5600 block of W. 159th Street on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The crash resulted in serious injuries for a passenger.

Police had their hands full last night, Aug. 21, following a single-car accident that left one person seriously injured and another in the drunk tank.

Officers responded to an emergency call at 8:44 p.m. In the 5600 block of W. 159th Street, after a car driven by Philipe Escalona, 28, of 5000 block of W. 159th Street, ran into the forest preserve along the street. Witnesses called the accident in to police.

According to police, a passenger in the backseat of the car was seriously injured and taken to Christ Hospital.

Escalona was charged with damage to highway structures, open alcohol, no insurance, no driver's license and DUI, after he was taken to the Oak Forest Police department for processing. He is currently awaiting trial.

Police Blotter information is provided by the Oak Forest Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome

NANCY GRACE August 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM
@David that should be a Felony, DUI and No license=Agg DUI.
Bob Laird August 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Nancy, it doesn't matter what they charge him with. He already had no license, no insurance and he stil got behind the wheel drunk with open liquor. Do you think he cares?
SomeGuyNamedEd August 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM
And he was SO close to getting his ObamAmnesty!
Lauren Traut (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
David B, Your comment was deleted, as it violated our Terms of Use. Thanks. Lauren
Darnell August 23, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Once again censoring at its finest Lauren as you hide behind your Terms of Use. The truth isn't pretty. So lets just hide it and claim it offensive! If someone from the Fed. came along and censored Patch you'd be standing there screaming 1st. Amendment right violation! The sad thing is you know it to be true and if you don't, your living in a bubble!
Darnell August 23, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Watch it,,they may deem that offensive!
Darnell August 23, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Oh Oh!!! Your in trouble now!!!! Blaspheming against THE CHOSEN ONE!! Your next!

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