Officials Credit Motorists for Quick Response and 911 Calls to Police
Chicago – Illinois State Police are releasing the 911 calls that describe a driver traveling the wrong way on the Edens Expressway for approximately 11 miles and 10 minutes.
Illinois State Police District Chicago received at least nine calls from callers reporting the harrowing experience. One of the callers called describing a driver traveling “a million miles an hour giving me goose pimples – he would have killed me.” Several callers provided explicit details of locations, which were very helpful to police and dispatch.
Numerous calls of a wrong way driver on the northbound lanes of I-94 near Elston were received describing an SUV traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the Edens Expressway citing multiple locations along Peterson, Touhy, Lake Street, Dempster and Willow. One of the callers offered to follow the driver for police and asked the police “to hurry.”
Several callers reported they were nearly sideswiped by other drivers and they were fearful of how to gain control of their vehicles.
Illinois State Police Officials credit the motorists for calling, particularly during such unsafe conditions. Without their calls and exact location descriptions, it may have been more difficult for law enforcement to locate the driver, and could have resulted in multiple tragedies.
The driver, Sergio Galvez-Delira, was arrested for DUI and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Open Alcohol, No Insurance and Improper Lane Usage.
911 Calls (MP3 audio)