November 19th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
Melvin Brown, 69, has been charged with aggravated DUI in an accident that caused bodily harm after allegedly perpetrating a three-vehicle crash that injured nine people, including four police officers, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Brown was driving a Nissan Ultima southbound on South Indianapolis when he struck a parked but unmarked police car parked for a traffic stop. The impact caused a chain reaction—the squad car was pushed into a Chevy Tahoe, and an additional squad car that was assisting in the traffic stop, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada told the Sun-Times. In addition to the aggravated DUI charge Brown is now facing, he was also charged with two misdemeanor accounts of DUI and “for negligent driving and failing to stay in his lane.”
Four police officers were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries that they sustained in the accident. Two other people who sustained injuries in the accident were “taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital; one was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.”
While four police officers were injured in this DUI-related incident, it’s not always that police are on that side of the DUI charges. According to the Huffington Post, in 2011 the Chicago Police Department finally ratified a contract that will stated “Chicago Police lieutenants and captains to random alcohol testing in general, mandatory drug and alcohol testing whenever they fire their weapons, and won’t be allowed to drink four hours before going on duty.”
The contract, now about halfway into its duration, was initiated after the Chicago Police Department came under fire for a series of incidents in which police were accused of behaving badly when intoxicated, or perpetrating crimes while intoxicated for which they were later acquitted. “The Chicago Police Department denies these incidents spurred the contract changes,” reports the Huffington Post.
If you or someone you know has been accused of a DUI and are facing a date in court, the most important step you can take to protect yourself is to seek the counsel of an experienced legal professional. Contact Ramsell & Associates Attorneys at Law today.