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.