Man charged with DUI after crashing car into Hoffman Estates school

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(HOFFMAN ESTATES) A northwest suburban man has been charged with DUI after the car he was driving crashed into a Hoffman Estatesschool early Saturday.

Jonathan Carlos Hernandez, 23, faces charges of aggravated DUI, aggravated driving with license revoked, and aggravated fleeing or eluding police, all felonies, according to a statement from Hoffman Estates police.

He was also issued several traffic citations, including speeding and improper lane usage.

Hernandez, of the 500 block of Southwood Circle in Streamwood, was driving a 2013 Toyota Scion about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, when he sped away from a traffic stop northbound on Jones Road from Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates, police said.

He then lost control of the car and crashed into Eisenhower Junior High at 800 Hassell Rd., police said. The car went through a brick wall and into the school’s gymnasium.

Hernandez was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, where he was treated and released, police said. The school was not open at the time of the crash and no one else was injured.

A message posted on the school’s website notified students that they should be prepared to go outside for gym classes and boys basketball practice on Monday, weather permitting.

“At this point we do not know what the impact will be on using the gym,” the message said.

The district will bring in a structural engineer to evaluate the building for repairs, the school said.

Hernandez was scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.

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