Drunk Off-Duty Cop Mows Down 21-Year-Old Woman, Gets Charged With Misdemeanor (VIDEO)

On July 18, a drunk, off-duty Chicago police officer ran down a 21-year-old woman, who was waiting to cross the road. The woman, who was rushed to a nearby hospital following the accident, is listed in critical condition.

According to CBS Chicago, the officer, whose name has not been released to the public, has been charged with two misdemeanor drunk driving offenses in relation to the accident.

The 2015 Illinois DUI Fact Book, published by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, defines aggravated DUI as a drunk driving offense that results in great bodily injury. The charge for such an offense is listed as a class 4 felony.

This “officer of the law” hit a pedestrian while driving drunk. The accident clearly caused great bodily harm, since the woman’s condition is listed as critical.¬†Instead of being charged with the appropriate felony charge, this cop is facing a couple of misdemeanor traffic offenses. ¬†While the penalty for an aggravated DUI involving injury carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000, the misdemeanor charges are hardly more than a slap on the wrist.

In the meantime, the life of a young woman literally hangs in the balance.

Here’s more on this story from NBC Local in Chicago.

There is no doubt that any ordinary citizen doing what this cop did would be charged to the full extent of the law. In addition, the police would have immediately released the name of the driver responsible for this horrifying accident. But, because the law-breaker is a member of law enforcement, the cops are protecting his identity; even the courts are treating his crime as something other than the serious offense it is.

It’s no wonder the police act as if they are above the law. Time and time again we see that cops are rarely, if ever, punished for their crimes.

Instead of appearing in criminal court, this cop is scheduled to appear in traffic court next month. It’s likely that the case will be settled quickly and very quietly. The officer will get no jail time and he will be back behind the wheel of his patrol car by the end of next month.

On the other hand, the woman he hit will have months, if not years, of pain and anguish– if she survives.

Featured image credit: video screen capture CBS Local Chicago