SUGAR GROVE – The driver of a blue Nissan with Kansas plates must not have realized he wasn’t in Kansas any more after he drove through six freshly poured sections of concrete at the Route 47 and I-88 overpass Oct. 3, according to Sugar Grove police reports.
The incident occurred just before 8:30 p.m. after a complainant called police to report the damage.
Each section of poured concrete cost $5,000, the report stated, so the damage to the concrete would be $30,000.
The poured concrete was part of a $25 million Illinois Tollway project which is intended to provide a new, full-access interchange and repairing the Illinois Route 47 bridge carrying traffic over I-88.
The witness told police he observed the blue Nissan drive through the concrete, go into reverse and attempt to flee. The witness and another person told the drive to stop and that police were on their way, reports stated.
The driver was described as a white man with short brown hair and a bald spot in the middle of his head, approximately in his 30s, wearing a black vest and light blue shirt underneath, the report stated.
The driver continually asked, “How do I go east?” until witnesses saw him drive away and proceed west on I-88.
The Kansas car’s license plate number was provided to Illinois State Police, the report stated.