Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer charged in serious DUI accident

A Chicago Police Officer, who was allegedly driving while intoxicated when he struck and critically injuring a 29 year old woman on Belmont Avenue has been charged with aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm or death.  You may recall that I criticized the Police Department three weeks ago for not releasing the officer’s name, like they do with every other suspect.

From the Chicago Tribune (Jeremy Gorner reporting):

A Chicago police officer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he hit a woman in her 20s as she crossed a Northwest Side street last month, authorities said.

Erin Mowry, 40, of the Northwest Side, was off-duty at the time of the accident. He is charged with aggravated DUI with great bodily harm, a felony, according to a Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman.

He was ticketed July 18, receiving two DUI citations and a failure to exercise due care citation, according to traffic court records. His bond on those tickets was set at $3,000, according to court records.

He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

The crash happened about 1:20 a.m. July 18 in the Belmont Heights neighborhood, said Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Mowry was off-duty and driving west in a 1997 Mercedes in the 7500 block of West Belmont Avenue when he hit a woman in her 20s as she crossed the street, Guglielmi said.

The woman was critically injured and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment, he said.

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