An Illinois man is behind bars after allegedly leaving his 10-year-old son behind after crashing his vehicle while driving under the influence.
Following an intense search Saturday night, police arrested Christopher Hernandez, 29, and charged him with aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence, endangering the life or health of a child,, failure to remain at the scene of a personal injury accident, and obstructing/resisting a police officer.
According to the Joliet Police Department, Hernandez hit several cars while driving drunk, causing his 10-year-old son injuries. Instead of seeking medical help, the suspect allegedly dropped his child off at a convenience store and fled.
“A preliminary investigation determined that Hernandez was driving a vehicle westbound on Plainfield Road at Hennepin Drive at which time he struck the rear of the vehicle ahead of his vehicle,” police stated.
NBC 5 reports that when Hernandez hit the rear of another vehicle, he caused a four-car crash off of Plainfield Road and Hennepin Drive. During the collision, the child sustained a broken leg.
Police found the suspect hiding in the 1200 block of Wyoming Avenue and arrested him. No other victims were harmed in the incident.
Hernandez remains behind bars on a $250,000 bail. Check back for updates.
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[Feature Photo: Christopher Hernandez/Police Handout]