Stolen Van Crash with Injuries on Milwaukee Ave South of Hintz Rd, Wheeling

Wheeling police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:50 PM Saturday to a report of a van vs pole crash with injuries at Milwaukee Avenue and Hintz Road Wheeling, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a work van was crashed into a pole on Milwaukee Avenue just south of Hintz Road.

The van was heavily damaged as it was crashed into a pole on Milwaukee Ave south of Hintz Rd on the west side of the road.

At 10:30 p.m. Prospect Heights police were investigating a stolen van report from Monica's Mexican Restaurant. A female suspect was captured on video stealing the restaurant's delivery van -- a Ford Transit van. Prospect Heights police learned from Wheeling police that they found Monica's Mexican Restaurant Ford Transit van crashed into the pole on Milwaukee Avenue.

Prospect Heights police say Margarita "Maggie"Zuniga was found behind the wheel and was transported to Glenbrook Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Review of surveillance video in the area of Monica's Restaurant at 636 South Milwaukee Avenue revealed images of Zuniga stealing the van from the restaurant, according to Prospect Heights Police Department.

After treatment at Glenbrook Hospital, Zuniga was taken into custody and was interviewed at the Prospect Heights Police Center, where Zuniga acknowledged taking the van without permission and crashing the van into the utility pole. Zuniga also admitted that prior to stealing the van, she had consumed alcoholic beverages and had been smoking marijuana.

Zuniga's next scheduled court date is April 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., Room 108 at the 3rd District Cook County Courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

The Prospect Heights Police Department reminds the public that the defendent is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.





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