Skokie man charged with DUI after colliding with Evanston city truck

A 46-year-old Skokie man faces a driving under the influence charge and other traffic offenses after the vehicle he was driving struck a city supervisor’s truck involved in snow cleanup Tuesday night.

Edward B. Crabbe, of 9225 Springfield Ave., was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and damage to city property in the collision, along with the DUI charge.

The incident occurred just before midnight at Central Street and Bennett Avenue in northwest Evanston, where city crews had blocked off the street for snow removal operations, said Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott, the department’s spokesperson.

The driver was traveling westbound on Central, said Parrott. He told police he attempted to use his windshield wiper fluid for better visibility when his car struck the truck, which had blocked off traffic so snow cleanup could proceed.

The driver’s vehicle struck the truck on the front side of the vehicle, said Parrott.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson said the supervisor was protecting his crew with the support of two parking enforcement officers when the collision occurred.

She said the injured supervisor completed his shift, and was later taken to a hospital where he was treated for neck pain and released. She said he appeared to be OK.

She said the city vehicle, however, was badly damaged.

The driver is scheduled to appear Feb. 3 at the Cook County Courthouse in Skokie.