March 31st, 2013 at 3:13 pm
According to the Chicago Tribune, a judge has set bail at $500,000 for a 35-year-old North Chicago police officer who remains hospitalized after being accused of causing an accident that took the life of two men last weekend. Officer Terrell Garrett reportedly was celebrating his birthday when he drove drunk north on Lakeshore Drive in the wrong direction for more than a mile. The collision occurred between Diversey Parkway and Belmont Avenue. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. A blood draw revealed that Garrett’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the Illinois legal limit for driving at the time of the accident.
In addition to his bail, the judge ordered that Garrett wear an electronic monitoring device and not consume alcohol if released on bail. Garrett also has been placed on administrative leave from his job with the North Chicago Police Department.
Garrett is now facing two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, which are both felonies. He also has been charged with misdemeanor DUI and a traffic violation for driving the wrong way. Garrett reportedly is the sole custodial parent of his two-year-old daughter.
As this case illustrates, even the most upstanding of citizens can sometimes make a mistake. Unfortunately, a mistake such as this can have devastating consequences, both for the victims and their families, as well as for the accused. Garrett is facing substantial jail time if convicted, and will lose his driver’s license for an extended period of time, as well. Furthermore, it is likely that his career as a police officer is over if he is convicted of these felony charges.
If you are facing serious DUI-related charges as Garrett is in this case, you will need the assistance of an experienced DuPage County DUI attorney. By mounting a strong defense to such charges as quickly as possible following your arrest, you can place yourself in a better position to minimize the consequences of these charges.