A bail was set recently at $2 million dollars to a seventeen-year-veteran Chicago Police officer who has been accused of being intoxicated behind the wheel and causing a fatal hit=and-run accident that killed a 13-year-old on the South Side of Chicago.
The 39-year-old officer was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident where death occurred, and reckless homicide. According to the Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman, the officer had attended a bar not long before the crash.
The officer lives on South Wolcott Avenue and was arrested soon after his Dodge Charger drove through the intersection at 81st and Ashland Avenue. The boy was killed approximately around 1:28 a.m. this past Friday.
According to reports, the young boy had snuck out of his home and was riding his bicycle with some friends. The boy had been riding
Booker had snuck out of his home and was riding his bicycle with friends, according to his family. According to witness accounts the young boy was riding with his friend down Ashland when the officer was traveling north in the southbound lane. The officer then went through the intersection at high speeds and hit the boy then fled the scene. He was arrested minutes later after two on duty officers saw the car about five blocks before going the wrong way down a one way street. They also noticed the vehicle had damage to the bumper and windshield.
The spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department said the officers discovered an open bottle of beer in the car and conducted a field sobriety test on the officer at the scene, though the results of the test were not released at the time. In addition to the slew of criminal charges, the Chicago Police Department also charged the deranged officer with a citation for driving the wrong way down a one-way street and for possessing an open container.