[Chicaco Tribune] A suspected drunk driver sped the wrong way up the Edens Expressway early this morning, dodging dozens of motorists–and they him–for about 11 miles over 10 minutes until he was finally stopped by police, Illinois State police said this morning. Sergio Galvez-Delira, 24, of Glenview was charged with DUI, reckless driving, having open alcohol, no insurance and improper lane usage, police said. State police received at least 15 calls about a black 2001 Mitsubishi SUV that was driving north in the southbound lanes on the Edens expressway from Elston Avenue just after 2:30 a.m., officials said. Galvez-Delira, managed to avoid striking any other vehicles on a rain-slicked roadway. “There was a lot of luck on that one,” said State police Master Sgt. Joseph Stangl. The SUV continued north into suburban Glencoe, where local police stopped the SUV just north of Tower Road and took the driver into custody, Stangl said. State police credited the early hours, sparse traffic and alert drivers with avoiding a potential major tragedy. “Several callers reported they were nearly sideswiped by other drivers, and they were fearful of how to gaain control of their vehicles,” Stangl said.
I’ve been there, Sergio, so I’m not gonna pick on you. Anyone who’s hopped behind the wheel with a bit of a buzz on knows that Rule #1 is to remain calm when shit starts to go a little haywire. Odds are whatever is happening isn’t as bad as it seems, so panicking will only draw more attention to the situation. Like driving into potential oncoming traffic, for example. (more…)