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Allegedly Drunk Corrections Officer Kills Fellow Corrections Officer In Crash

Cook County Sheriff's Office Corrections Officer Pablo Perez was arrested for drunk driving after the fatal crash.

Woodridge, IL – A Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) corrections officer has been charged in connection to the three-vehicle crash that took the life of a fellow correctional officer on Monday evening.

The incident occurred near Davey Road and Joliet Road just after 4 p.m., and involved two vehicles and a light duty-box truck, WGN reported.

Corrections Officer Zachary Perry, 27, succumbed to his injuries at the scene, police said.

“One of our own, Officer Zachary Perry, who worked in Division IX at the Cook County Jail, was killed in a traffic accident,” the agency said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our staff, today and in the difficult days, weeks, and years to come.”

Corrections Officer Pablo Perez, 30, who was driving another vehicle involved in the crash, was treated and released at a local hospital after the collision, WGN reported.

He was then placed under arrest for felony aggravated DUI and misdemeanor DUI, according to the Woodridge Patch.

Corrections Officer Perez was de-deputized by the CCSO on Monday, pending the outcome of the investigation, department officials told WGN.

He appeared in court on Tuesday, and was released from the Will County jail after posting $3,000 bond, according to the Woodridge Patch.

It is unclear when he is due back in court.

Corrections Officer Perez’s only other history of run-ins with local law enforcement was a 2011 speeding ticket, according to the paper.

He pleaded guilty to that offense, and paid a $140 fine.

The unnamed box truck driver was not charged with any offenses in connection with crash, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

The Felony Investigative Assistance Team, Romeoville Police Department, and Illinois State Police are investigating the exact cause of the fatal collision, according to WGN.

Holly Matkin - December Thu, 2018


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