A Chicago police officer has been charged with DUI after an expressway auto accident on Christmas Eve, according to the Chicago Tribune. The car crash happened on the Dan Ryan at 43rd Street in the express lanes around 11:30 pm. The police officer was off duty and heading southbound when he struck a tow truck.
The officer was in critical condition after the car collision and he was taken to Stroger Hospital. The tow truck driver was hurt in the accident as well. He was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. The Illinois State Police investigated the accident and charged the off duty officer with DUI.
Believe it or not, this is the third time in the last couple of months I have written about off duty Chicago police officers involved in DUI personal injury auto accidents. In late November an off duty Chicago police officer involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in June, 2007 was charged with DUI. Next, a Chicago, Illinois car crash early Thanksgiving morning resulted in the death of 2 people, and an off duty Chicago police officer that caused the collision was charged with DUI.