By John Clark
Drunk driving is never a good idea, but if you do get behind the wheel after a few drinks, the most reasonable course of action is to avoid driving directly into a parked police car. Alas, some drivers fail to follow this simple advice.
An Illinois driver was arrested for a DUI this week after crashing into the back of a police cruiser, injuring two police officers, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.
Source say 47-year-old Christopher Slotwinski, a resident of Chicago, drove his car into the back of an unmarked police vehicle early Saturday evening on a busy surface street on the south side of the city.
The two officers who were in the vehicle both suffered injuries, although sources say their conditions were stabilized shortly after being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center. The driver of the car that caused the accident was also treated at the same hospital.
According to sources, Slotwinski was driving relatively fast when he struck the police car. The impact of the collision sent a headlight flying at least a block away from the collision, sources report.
In addition, the accident reportedly caused extensive damage to the rear of the unmarked police car, which was forced onto the sidewalk and completely off the road due to the impact of the collision.
Not surprisingly, Slotwinski’s car, a four-door sedan, also suffered extensive damage to the front end of the vehicle, although sources suggest that the driver’s injuries are not life-threatening.
Recent reports also indicate that debris from the accident flew across a broad stretch of the road on which the accident occurred.
But while Slotwinski will likely survive the accident, he and his personal DUI lawyer will have a difficult task ahead of them in criminal court.
Sources say the driver has been charged with misdemeanor drunk driving, driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance, and reckless driving, according to Lauras Kubiak, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department.
According to the police report, alcohol “may have been involved” in the high-speed accident, although the fact that the driver has already been charged with a DUI suggests that prosecutors are fairly confident that the drunk driving charge will stick.
And the prosecutors are likely to pursue the strictest possible punishment against Slotwinski, who did not have a sterling driving record even before he made the ill-advised decision to slam directly into the back of a police car.