Vehicle rolls over on North 11th Street

A Mitsubishi Outlander rests upside down on North 11th Street. (Photo by Ellen O'Malley)

Driver cited for DUI, improper lane usage

ROCHELLE — A quiet Rochelle neighborhood was the scene of a rare scene Monday around noon.

Shortly after noon, an SUV ran a stop sign, lost control, struck a pick-up truck parked on the street and rolled over onto its top in the 400 block of North 11th Street.

According to Rochelle Police Sgt. Bill Hahn, the driver of the vehicle, Jesse M. Torres, Jr., 45, Rochelle, was possibly going as fast as 40-50 m.p.h. when the incident began to unfold.

Skid marks were visible from north of the intersection to the points of impact. It’s estimated the pick-up truck Torres struck traveled roughly 30 feet, which pushed it into another car parked on the street.

Torres was cited for DUI/alcohol and improper lane usage. It took the Rochelle Fire Department crew nearly 30 minutes to extricate Torres from the upside-down SUV.
Torres was taken by ambulance to Rochelle Community Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. While at the hospital, he submitted to blood and urine tests and was later given an I-bond with a court date of April 30.

Prior to the accident, a someone reported a suspicious vehicle matching the description of the one Torres was driving near Flagg Road and North 20th Street.  

The vehicle, a red Mitsubishi Outlander, was not his and registered to Torres’s sister. Torres was the only occupant of the vehicle. 


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