Off-duty officer involved in fatal crash
January 17, 2006 (WLS) -- An off-duty Chicago police officer was involved in a fatal crash in northwest Indiana late Monday night. Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
The officer is a three-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. At the moment, he is not charged in connection with the crash. But he is off the street during the investigation.
The fatal crash took place at the intersection of Martha and Indianapolis Boulevard in Highland, Indiana.
No charges have been filed, but police are trying to sort out the details of this two-car collision that happened Monday night, where they believe both of the drivers had been drinking. One much those drivers was a Chicago cop.
The accident at the intersection of Martha and Indianapolis Boulevard in Highland, Indiana, involved two cars, killed one man and injured three people. Tuesday, Highland police say the drivers of both cars had blood-alcohol levels above the legal limit.
"We are looking at the use of alcoholic beverages. That is going to be a factor involved in this accident for both drivers, and that's still under investigation at this time," said Cmdr. Pete Nelson, Highland, Indiana, Police Dept.
Just before midnight, one car going southbound on Indianapolis Boulevard collided with a car turning at Indianapolis and Martha. In the turning vehicle, one of the passengers was killed. William Alvarez is believed to be from Griffith, Indiana.
The driver of the car going southbound was an off-duty Chicago police officer.
"The individual involved has been stripped of police powers and the matter remains under investigation," said Monique Bond, Chicago police spokeswoman.
A spokeswoman with the police department says he was a patrolman out of the sixth district and will lose his job if he is charged.
Highland police found out Tuesday about the driver's connection to the Chicago Police Department.
"Police officers are no different than anybody else, so he will have to pay the price or the penalty if one is there for him. We're the same as you and everybody else," said Nelson.
As the driver, the Chicago police officer has not been charged, we have not named him in our story. But he has reportedly been with the Chicago Police Department for three years. He and the other two survivors remain hospitalized with internal injuries.
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