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Deerfield Man Arrested for Fuddruckers Crash

Driver of car that hit Highland Park restaurant intentionally hit two motorists, police say.

Robert Meisinger, 24, of Deerfield drove a car into Fuddruckers causing extensive damage.
Robert Meisinger, 24, of Deerfield drove a car into Fuddruckers causing extensive damage.

A Deerfield man has been charged today with criminal damage to property and aggravated assault in connection with a car crash Sunday which took out a wall on Fuddruckers Restaurant in Highland Park, according to a news release from the Highland Park Police Department.

Robert Meisinger, 24, of Deerfield was located by Highland Park Police in Northbrook after hitting the building, causing extensive damage to it and fleeing on foot, according to the release. After he was found, he was taken to Highland Park Hospital with minor, non life threatening injuries. He was the only person in the car.

Before he drove into Fuddruckers on Clavey Road, Meisinger intentionally hit two other motorists, according to the release. The drivers of those cars were not injured.

Should Meisinger be convicted of both criminal damage to property, a Class 3 Felony, and aggravated assault, a Class 4 Felony, he could face between four and 10 years in prison. The Highland Park Police do not have any information yet on the amount of his bond or when he will appear in court.

Fuddruckers remains closed.

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Dan Cox December 31, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Fuddruckers has a "Drive-Thru"? LMAO...I am so bad, sorry.
Stu Pidasso December 31, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I give the kid credit for running, prolly DUI, and prolly will cost another $5-10K. Where was he found? hopefully he was smart enough to not go home!!
Dan Cox December 31, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Stu, a few drinks at home, because he was upset is a plausable defense.
Marci December 31, 2013 at 10:56 PM
What a way to start the new year! Maybe he can find Carly Rousso's attorney to help him.
Colene January 01, 2014 at 12:59 PM
INTENTIONALLY hit 2 motorists???
Stu Pidasso January 01, 2014 at 05:55 PM
He may have had a bad day and was dealing with his emotions in an unhealthy manner. Lets get this child some help before he ends up in prison.
Fred Rex January 02, 2014 at 12:40 AM
Child? Since when is a 24 year old man a child?
Stu Pidasso January 02, 2014 at 06:37 AM
Fred, it is my belief whether he is 24 or 84, he is a child who is emotionally disturbed.Could have even startedcwhen he was a child and medicated like so many children are today. I call it "Chemical babysitting", because many parents are unable or do not want to deal with their childs high energy levels. This really pisses me off, as it leads to nothing but problems later in life for the kid who will always be dealing with a chemical imbalance. VERY SAD!!!
Dan Cox January 02, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Stu, you have a great understanding of what is going on in society today... well said.
Stu Pidasso January 02, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Dan, Thank You. I have been dealing with the public for 30 years and have seen and heard alot. After awhile you get a sense of a read on a person after seeing the whole spectrum. It's very interesting, I personally could not sit at a desk on a daily basis. The tens of thousands of interactions that I have had with people from all walks of life have been priceless, and I would not exchange it for anything!! Talk to you soon!! "Stu" ;)
Benny G. January 03, 2014 at 02:55 AM
Stu is THE human excuse machine dripping and oozing of endless mindless ridiculous BS. Stu is the vendor of the instantaneous VICTIM excuse. No one is responsible for anything according to Stu. Stu is what is wrong with society today. Blame Blame Blame on anything other than personal responsibility. It is truly GHASTLY. Dan C's remark was totally sarcasm and of course went right over Stu's head...Shameless ignorance you are, Stu...
Stu Pidasso January 03, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Right back at you Benny!, the obvious problem with our society.... DENIAL.....
Benny G. January 03, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Stu, you buy into all the buzzwords of today. You are a living cliche. So the excuse for this kid going on a rage with his car was due to chemical imbalance caused by his parents medicating him when he was younger---The PROBLEM with parenting and society today is the blame/victim game that you continue to espouse. I mean Stu, you wanted to give a pass to the home invader/ murderer in Arlington Heights...We all get you Stu...
Stu Pidasso January 03, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Benny, I would appreciate you not telling me what you THINK I am saying. No, the home invader should not be given a pass, he needs constructive HELP!! Do you really think 30 years in Menard is going to help this PHd in Education to be productive in society when he is released?? I would hope you're smarter than that. Todays prisons are merely housing for the mentally ill, since our society does not have enough infrastructure to handle it in a more civil manner.It's all about $$$$

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