Illinois State Police squad car involved in early morning crash

An Illinois State Police squad car was involved in a crash on Interstate 24 in Massac County just after midnight.

Illinois State Police say the crash happened at mile marker 37.

Moments before the crash an alert was broadcasted about a white Acura heading eastbound that was swerving between lanes.

The driver of the Acura was driving partially on the shoulder of I-24, when it approached an ISP squad car with its emergency lights on. In front of the squad car was a red Buick stopped on the shoulder.

The Acura hit the driver’s side of the squad car and continued on to hit the driver’s side of the Buick before stopping on the shoulder.

All three occupants in the Buick and the trooper were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Acura, 68-year-old Steve Bauer of Paducah, was taken to a local hospital and released.

Troopers say Bauer was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

He was arrested and taken to Massac County Jail. 

Bauer is charged with aggravated DUI, Scott’s law, improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

An investigation is ongoing.

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