Tree Hit in Bellarmine: Joliet Driver Faces Felony DUI

A 38-year-old Joliet man named Carl Williamson was arrested after crashing into a tree and a parked vehicle due to excessive alcohol intake, according to Joliet police records. The accident, which took place on the 500 block of Bellarmine East Drive on a Saturday night, is Williamson’s latest run-in with law enforcement.

According to the records, Williamson, a resident of the 2000 block of Tamarack Drive, has been arrested multiple times throughout 2023, ending up in Will County Jail thrice. After his Saturday night mishap, he was escorted to the police station in handcuffs and received a summons to appear in court on several charges. These include Aggravated DUI, DUI, obstructing and resisting a peace officer.

The crash involving Williamson happened around 8:50 p.m., according to police. Joliet Police spokesperson Dwayne English said officers were called to the scene of the accident in the 400 block of Bellarmine Drive East.

While driving southbound in his Toyota Avalon, Williamson hit a tree and an empty Buick parked on the side of Bellarmine East Drive. Upon interaction with the police, he demonstrated alcohol-related impairment, refused to co-operate and kept his hands under his coat pockets.

The officers encountered resistance while trying to arrest Williamson, who continued to resist even after being grounded. Officers eventually subdued him and carried him to a squad car when he refused to walk by himself. At the Joliet Police Department for processing, Williamson was charged with Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Driving While License Revoked, Improper Backing, and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, leading to his vehicle being impounded.

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