An employee of a Lyons car dealership, who claimed he wasn’t feeling well and left work Tuesday to walk to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, wound up having to be removed from a sheet of ice on the Des Plaines River in Riverside by police later that day.

Police received a 911 call at 8:15 p.m. from a 29-year-old Cicero man, who said he was in need of medical assistance and was in a wooded area near the Ogden Avenue bridge over the Des Plaines River.

Riverside and Lyons police finally located the man lying on a thin sheet of ice about 10-15 feet from the north riverbank near the bridge. The man, who complained of having a headache, reportedly walked off the ice to the riverbank aided by a police officer.

Paramedics transported him to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, where he remained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Police stated that the man worked at Jack Phelan Chevrolet, 4000 Harlem Ave. in Lyons. At some point on Tuesday, according to police, the man complained about not feeling well and stated he was going to walk to the hospital, which is located in the 3300 block of Oak Park Avenue in Berwyn.

Instead, the man ended up walking in the opposite direction and into Miller Woods at Ogden Avenue and Miller Road in Riverside before ending up at the river. Police say they’re not sure how long he was on the ice before he called 911, nor do they know whether the man was ill or somehow injured before leaving work.

Police Chief Thomas Weitzel described the man’s condition as “non-life threatening.”

The man was not charged with a crime and police have not released his name.

No one at Jack Phelan Chevrolet was available for comment. 

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