Driver cited after SUV plunges into Round Lake Beach pond

  • Police said a 45-year-old Round Lake Beach man fell asleep behind the wheel before his SUV veered off the road and plunged into a retention pond near Route 83 and Hood Drive. The driver escaped unharmed, but received a pair of traffic citations.

      Police said a 45-year-old Round Lake Beach man fell asleep behind the wheel before his SUV veered off the road and plunged into a retention pond near Route 83 and Hood Drive. The driver escaped unharmed, but received a pair of traffic citations. Lee Filas | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 3/3/2017 2:12 PM
Editor's note: This story was updated to say Hook Drive.

Round Lake Beach police have issued a pair of traffic tickets to a 45-year-old man who they say fell asleep at the wheel early Sunday morning and drove his SUV into a retention pond.

Jorge Tennin, of the 2000 Block of Westview Lane in Round Lake Beach, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage after the crash, which occurred about 2:25 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Hood Drive and Route 83.

 

According to police, Tennin was driving west on Hook Drive when he fell asleep and lost control of his 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara. The vehicle veered off the right side of the road into a retention pond, where it landed upside down in the water and sunk to the bottom, police said.

Tennin managed to escape unharmed and went to the nearby Meijer store on Rollins Road to call police. He was treated by rescue personnel at the scene and released, police said.

Alcohol is not suspected as a contributing cause of the crash, according to police.

Divers and rescue crews from the Greater Round Lake Fire Department, along with divers from the Grayslake, Antioch, Lake Villa and Fox Lake fire departments, responded to the scene later Sunday morning to remove the fully submerged SUV from the pond.

Tennin is scheduled to appear in court March 21.

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