Tuesday, March 19, 2013

North Chicago Cop Charged With Wrong-way Fatal Crash Along LSD

Joaquin Garcia, Fabian Torres and Terrell Garrett

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Off-duty North Chicago cop was driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content of twice the legal limit when he drove the wrong-way along Lake Shore Drive and crashed into two vehicles, killing two people.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 19, 2013

Chicago, IL - On Saturday, off-duty North Chicago Police Officer Terrell Garrett, 35, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence and two felony counts of reckless homicide for the deaths of Fabian Torres, 27, and Joaquin Garcia, 25, on March 15. On Sunday, a Cook County judge set a bail of $500,000 for Garrett. He posted $50,000 (10%) and remains free on bail. He must wear an electronic monitoring device, prohibited from consuming alcohol and having a weapon. 
Garrett's blood-alcohol content results tested .184, twice the legal limit of .08, according to the criminal complaint.
Officer Garrett has been suspended and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. On March 15, around 4:00 a.m., Garrett left a party celebrating his birthday and drove northbound into the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive the wrong-way. He then crashed into a Toyota Scion injuring a woman and crashed head-on into a black Jeep killing both Torres and Garcia near the LaSalle exit.
Garrett suffered a fractured hip and was hospitalised for his injuires.  
Garcia was scheduled to graduate in May from the Malcolm X surgical technician program, according to his mother. Torres was a freshman at DePaul University and was an insurance broker.
Both Torres and Garcia are being mourn by family, relatives, friends and members of the gay (LGBT) community in Chicago.

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