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Deputies: Drunken driver struck pedestrian in Joliet Township

Adrian Jimenez, 19, of Joliet
Adrian Jimenez, 19, of Joliet

A Joliet man who was driving under the influence ran down a pedestrian, police said.

About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Will County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the 1300 block of Marie Avenue in Joliet Township in response to a complaint of loud partying, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.

The deputies saw a speeding 2001 Chevrolet Suburban and pulled over the driver, later identified as 19-year-old Adrian Jimenez, Hoffmeyer said. Jose Mascote, 19, was also in the vehicle and charged with probable cause for unlawful alcohol consumption, she said.

While the deputies were speaking with the men, two people approached them and said they saw a 24-year-old man struck by the Suburban vehicle while he was standing next to a Chevrolet Cruze, Hoffmeyer said.

The people told deputies that the Suburban also hit a parked Ford Expedition before driving away, she said.

“The two individuals ran after the Suburban for a short distance and upon returning to the area, they observed the man lying on the roadway and realized he had also been struck by the Suburban,” Hoffmeyer said.

The man was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where he was treated for multiple cuts and trauma to his head and neck, she said. Hospital staff said his injuries were not life-threatening, she said.

Jimenez was charged with several traffic offenses, including aggravated DUI, DUI, failure to reduce speed and leaving the scene of a crash, according to court records. He was booked into the Will County jail about 5 a.m. and released on bond the next day.

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