Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A Park Forest man was charged with felony aggravated DUI and other charges after a crash on Indianwood Boulevard that left two female passengers complaining of severe back pain after crawling from the vehicle.
Upon arrival, officers saw a dark blue Chrysler PT Cruiser that had struck a tree. There were two women laying on the ground in the grass outside of the vehicle, according to police. Both women were complaining of severe back pain and were alerted that paramedics were on their way.
Police asked who was driving the vehicle and they were directed to a man, later identified as Nolan Heidelberg, who was allegedly walking southbound on the sidewalk away from the scene, according to police.
Police made contact with Mr. Heidelberg and asked him about the accident. Mr. Heidelberg was “shaken from the occurrence and had noticeable injuries to both his left and right hand,” according to the report. Officers suggested that Mr. Heidelberg get checked by paramedics and he agreed, walking back towards the scene.
Police spoke with one of the women who said that the three of them were at a friend’s home when they decided to leave. All of them had been drinking and were intoxicated, according to police.
The woman told police that Mr. Heidelberg was driving and, just as he was changing something on the radio, he began “tweaking,” according to police. Mr. Heidelberg then allegedly crashed the vehicle into the tree, according to police.
The woman said that after the car crashed, she got out of the vehicle and crawled away from it because she was afraid it was going to explode.
Paramedics arrived and checked the occupants for injuries. The second woman was in “excruciating pain and was unaware that she had been involved in an accident,” according to police.
According to police, Mr. Heidelberg allegedly apologized several times, only briefly communicating with officers. He cried excessively while on the scene and allegedly repeatedly stated that he “messed up,” according to the report.
Police interviewed a witness who said that she saw the vehicle traveling southbound on Indianwood Boulevard when it began to veer to the right side of the road. She became scared and watched the car because she thought it was going to hit her home. She saw the vehicle exit the roadway at what she said was a high rate of speed, according to police, and it crossed over the curb between the tree in front of her home and a roadway sign.
She said the vehicle slammed into another tree and it did not appear that the driver made any attempt to stop the vehicle, according to the report.
She said that after the vehicle struck the tree, it bounced to the left which is why the vehicle was positioned between two trees.
She identified Mr. Heidelberg as the person who exited from the driver’s seat of the vehicle, according to police.
While speaking with Mr. Heidelberg, officers could smell a strong odor of an “intoxicating beverage emanating from his breath,” according to the report. Officers placed Mr. Heidelberg in handcuffs. He was advised that he was under arrest on suspicion of driving while license was revoked. Per local ordinance, the vehicle Mr. Heidelberg was driving was towed from the scene.
Police requested that Mr. Heidelberg perform field sobriety tests and he agreed to do so, according to police. Mr. Heidelberg was held at the Park Forest Police Department pending processing and transportation to the Markham Courthouse for a bond hearing, according to police.