Male Subject Injured Jumping From Stearns School Road And I-94 Overpass

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Jun 25, 2009

Administration - Press Releases - 2009

Male Subject Injured Jumping from Stearns School Road and I-94 Overpass

GURNEE, IL - June 25, 2009 - At 3:25 PM the Gurnee Police Department received a 911 call from a male subject stating he was 2 hours away and on top of a building, threatened to jump off the building unless he spoke to an unnamed subject in Gurnee. A Gurnee Police Officer spoke to the caller for nearly an hour trying to calm him and talk him out of harming himself. Meanwhile efforts were underway to try and locate the caller.

At 4:24 PM a Gurnee Police Officer located the caller standing on the Stearns School Road overpass above Interstate 94. Back-up officers blocked traffic on Stearns School Road and attempted to talk the subject away from the side of the overpass. Illinois State Police District 15 was notified of the incident and they had troopers enroute to the scene on I-94.

At approximately 4:45 PM, the male subject jumped over the south side of the overpass and onto the northbound lanes of I-94. At about the same time, two Illinois State Troopers had arrived and were stopping traffic in both directions on I-94. One of the troopers attempting to stop traffic was struck in one of the northbound lanes and injured. The male subject who had jumped from the bridge, a 19 year old from Gurnee, suffered an apparent fractured leg. He and the Trooper were treated at the scene by Gurnee Fire Department paramedics and both were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. The Trooper reportedly was treated for minor injuries and released.

I-94 remained closed for the incident and investigation for approximately one hour. The incident will be reviewed with the Lake County State’s Attorneys office for possible charges against the 19 year old subject.

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Revised 07/02/09