Off-duty Chicago cop seriously hurt in Dan Ryan crash

An off-duty Chicago police officer is hospitalized today with serious injuries after a crash Christmas Eve on the Dan Ryan Expressway, police said. Full Story
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Justice

Lombard, IL

#2 Dec 25, 2007
My thoughts and prayers and with him at this time.

I guess drinking and driving don't mix!

Also, notice in this article they don't say if he was drinking or not. Need to cover it up-
copwife

United States

#10 Dec 25, 2007
Jack wrote:
I do feel sincerely bad for the tow truck driver trying to help someone and gets injured by a drunk cop driving in a Mercedes likely purchased with proceeds from illegal seizures.
How do you know he was drunk. Don't be jealous because he has a Mercedes and you never will. I pray for this officers recovery and pray that the family does not see these comments from the thankless citizens. In a time of need they would all call upon this officer to save their sorry little ass.
Jack

Chicago, IL

#14 Dec 25, 2007
How could a sober person possibly plow into an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a well-lit expressway? Wanna bet he was DUI?

In fairness, maybe the Mercedes was not purchased with shakedown money. Could have been a friends car I suppose.
chgocitizen

United States

#16 Dec 25, 2007
People get distracted too. Did you ever hear of that? People have been known to be pulled over for DUI when in effect they were just sleep deprived. People have crashed because they were texting on their cell,eating, etc. Also why can't the car be his? Did you ever hear of saving money for something you want or budgeting? My husband is an officer and we have a nice car as well. I work and he works. Maybe that is the concept you cannot grasp-working for a living. It saddens me to think that there is such ignorant mentality out there. Also I have almost hit plow trucks. They don't always make the best choices when they pick where they park. Also how do you know he was not cut off by someone causing him to swerve? By all of your knowledge, you should consider getting your own T.V. show. You seem to know things are fact without even being at the site of the accident. That is true talent. Also, Merry Christmas from a sober police wife. May you find comfort today by yourself. My Christmas will start when my husband gets off work from protecting ignorant citizens like you. Post what you want as a reply to me as I will no longer be reading your posts. I also ask that any other police supporters ignore posts such as Jack's. I should have done the same from the beginning. No sense in arguing with someone who is obviously bitter.

Since: Oct 07

Sparta, Tn.

#17 Dec 25, 2007
I realize that the officer was off duty; but why not stay home on Christmas Eve and get drunk? Not be out traveling the roads when you are smashed? That sounds like some of the idiots here in Tennessee. But I guess it happens everywhere these days.
Peep

South Bend, IN

#19 Dec 25, 2007
Guess he is over the limit. When will people learn, drinking and driving don't mix.

Thank god no one else was seriously injured.
Ronster

Chicago, IL

#20 Dec 25, 2007
How tragic...

"The officer's blood-alcohol limit exceeded the legal limit, said Monique Bond, spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department."

Even more tragic...on Christmas Eve:

"The truck driver, who was repairing a flat tire on another vehicle, was injured and taken to a local hospital."

Whether he was driving a Mercedes or a Toyota, he shoud not have been behind the wheel of that car. I hope he survives his injuries.

Since: Dec 07

Chicago

#21 Dec 25, 2007
What is wrong with you people? It is against the law to drive a car impaired! Although you have to have a BAC of .08, driving with any BAC can get you an arrest for impaired driving. He was breaking the law. Regardless if he is an officer, he should get prosecuted accordingly. HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER!
ChicagoDon

Chicago, IL

#22 Dec 25, 2007
copwife wrote:
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How do you know he was drunk. Don't be jealous because he has a Mercedes and you never will. I pray for this officers recovery and pray that the family does not see these comments from the thankless citizens. In a time of need they would all call upon this officer to save their sorry little ass.
I find it very ironic the cop was driving a Mercedes. How often we see people say "Union Yes" when it suits their own purpose (as the cops often do) but then they care so little about other union members (such as the UAW) in other matters.
Oscar

Las Vegas, NV

#23 Dec 25, 2007
Cops are trained to be alert and high speed road capable. The only way this one missed a tow truck on an expressway, was if he was driving drunk. Throw the book at him. And those of you self righteous "I'll pray for him" types, keep your stinking prayers. If this creep had plowed into a vehicle with your children in it, killing or crippling them for the rest of their suffering lives, you would have a much different attitude. A more responsible attitude toward the others that this creep could have hurt. Pull your self righteous heads out of your butts, and stop turning the other cheek, and forgiving everyone for their irresponsible behavior, and DEMAND that people behave with accountability toward others.

Since: Dec 07

Chicago

#24 Dec 25, 2007
copwife wrote:
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How do you know he was drunk. Don't be jealous because he has a Mercedes and you never will. I pray for this officers recovery and pray that the family does not see these comments from the thankless citizens. In a time of need they would all call upon this officer to save their sorry little ass.
You know he was drunk because it clearly states in the article that his BAC was over the legal limit.

"The officer's blood-alcohol limit exceeded the legal limit."

Learn how to read!
ANNE

United States

#25 Dec 25, 2007
ChicagoDon wrote:
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I find it very ironic the cop was driving a Mercedes. How often we see people say "Union Yes" when it suits their own purpose (as the cops often do) but then they care so little about other union members (such as the UAW) in other matters.
take it easy, watch your blood pressure. WOW
todd

Chicago, IL

#26 Dec 25, 2007
another cop who thinks the laws dont apply to CPD officers. way to go and lead by example. hope the tow truck driver is ok.
ANNE

United States

#27 Dec 25, 2007
Its not about you wrote:
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You know he was drunk because it clearly states in the article that his BAC was over the legal limit.
"The officer's blood-alcohol limit exceeded the legal limit."
Learn how to read!
The BAC was not in the initial article you fool. Unlike you I cannot read what is not there. It is in there NOW, but not initially you narrow minded fool. Did you ever hear of an updated story???
chicago voter

United States

#28 Dec 25, 2007
another drunk cop above the law and this will be covered up by his scum friends in the police dept. as they protect gang daly

Since: Nov 07

Mount Prospect, IL

#30 Dec 25, 2007
When will the Tribune start posting the employers of all other DUIs that result in an injury?

My prayers for him and his family on this most difficult Christmas Day.
ANNE

United States

#32 Dec 25, 2007
VivianC wrote:
When will the Tribune start posting the employers of all other DUIs that result in an injury?
My prayers for him and his family on this most difficult Christmas Day.
Good question. I guess it's interesting also how fast the media stopped posting about Amy Jocabsen. It's funny how they protect their own but criticize when cops protect their own. What hypocrites .
SWF

United States

#37 Dec 25, 2007
I pray that officer makes a full recovery. I know its a hard job trying to protect all the criminals and ignorant people in Chicago.
Joe

South Bend, IN

#38 Dec 25, 2007
We cops have a tough job a few drinks are a requirement to work. Cops are trained to drive under situations such as drinking and drugs. This was most likely a problem because the damn truck driver's truck was sticking out in the road.

BACK THE BADGE!
todd

Chicago, IL

#39 Dec 25, 2007
note how the police officer's name is *to this point* unknown. if it were anyone other than a cop, that name would be front and center from the first moment.

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