Wrong-Way I-55 Driver Charged with DUI

The SUV traveled the wrong-way for about 6 miles before crashing with another vehicle

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    The SUV crashed on Friday morning. (Published Friday, Feb 3, 2012)

    An SUV traveled the wrong-way on the outbound Stevenson Expressway for about 6 miles Friday before crashing into another car near Lake Shore Drive, according to Illinois State Police.

    The driver, 23-year-old Rakesh J. Baker, was charged with driving under the influence, state police said. Baker, of the 6900 block of South Michigan Avenue, also was charged with driving the wrong way, failure to reduce speed and operating a vehicle without insurance.

    Police began receiving calls around 3:07 a.m. about an SUV traveling the wrong direction near Kedzie Avenue on the Stevenson.

    The SUV ended up slamming head-on into another car, a 2005 Toyota Corolla, on the ramp leading to Lake Shore Drive, according to State Police.

    Both drivers were rushed to Northwestern Memorial hospital in serious to critical condition.

    The injuries were not considered life-threatening.

    Baker was placed in police custody at Northwestern. He was ordered to remain in custody of police until he was released from the hospital and could post bail.