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Car found abandoned on train tracks

Updated: January 6, 2013 9:57AM

McHenry County

Car abandoned on tracks: A 78-year-old man suffering from dementia apparently drove for at least a half mile along a Union Pacific/Metra Northwest Line railroad track, probably thinking it was a highway, before his vehicle became stuck and he walked away from it. According to McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren, a 2000 Cadillac SUV was found about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday on the tracks, about one half mile east of McGuire Road in the Harvard area. The vehicle’s engine was still running but nobody was nearby. The sheriff said deputies called the SUV’s registered owner, who lives in Rockford, and that person said 78-year-old Donald Jenkins of Rockford may have driven the vehicle there. Using the location-finder app on Jenkins’ cellphone, deputies were able to find him and take him to Mercy Harvard Hospital for an evaluation, the sheriff said. Sheriff’s deputies also worked with the Union Pacific and Metra police to stop any approaching trains until the vehicle could be removed.


Felony cannabis: Tristen D. Dortch, 21, of the 1500 block of Meyer Street, Elgin, was charged with a class 4 felony count of possession of cannabis, following an arrest Monday. In bond court on Tuesday, a judge set his bail at $25,000 and assigned him a Dec. 13 court date.

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