Police: Drunken driver crashed into Naperville squad car

Updated 7/10/2016 9:19 PM

A Bolingbrook man faces a number of charges, including DUI, after he crashed into an unoccupied squad car and then sped away, forcing police to chase him early Saturday, Naperville police said.

The driver, Kevin F. Kauper, 46, of Bolingbrook, was arrested after he admitted he had been drinking and then failed a series of field sobriety tests, police said. Police said he later submitted to a Breathalyzer test that revealed a blood alcohol content of .21.


He was charged with DUI, DUI over .08, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to provide information, failure to reduce speed approaching an emergency vehicle, improper lane usage and unsafe tires.

At approximately 3:34 a.m. on Saturday, police said, three officers were investigating a single-vehicle crash on eastbound 75th Street, just west of Book Road, when one of the marked squads was struck from behind by a silver Volkswagen, police said. The squad car had been parked and blocking the outside eastbound lane of 75th Street with its emergency lights on, police said. The Naperville squad car was unoccupied at the time of the accident.

Police said the Volkwagen then accelerated away from the scene, continuing east on 75th to southbound Naper-Plainfield Road, and then to eastbound Bailey Road and finally to southbound Burgess Hill, where Naperville officers finally caught up to the vehicle and forced it to stop.

Police said the original single vehicle accident was not a DUI accident.

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