Rockford officer charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident put on administrative leave
Online Staff Report
Daniel A. Cruz, the 37-year-old Rockford police officer who was charged May 7 with driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of a two-vehicle accident that left a woman critically injured, has been put on administrative leave and relieved of his police powers, the City of Rockford announced May 9.
Cruz, a 13-year veteran of the police force and a Machesney Park resident, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, aggravated DUI, aggravated reckless driving, improper passing, driving in the wrong lane and operating a vehicle without proof of insurance in Boone County.
Cruz was not on duty at the time of the incident.
According to witnesses, Cruz was traveling south on Beloit Road in a gray 2010 Dodge Caravan when he entered the intersection of Town Hall Road. His van then struck a northbound vehicle, believed to be an Oldsmobile, containing four people.
A complaint filed in Boone County Court alleged Cruz left the scene by walking away and was found walking a half-mile from the scene. He reportedly told police he had been consuming alcohol, and the officer described Cruz as having a “strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, bloodshot-glassy eyes, unsteady on his feet and using the squad car for balance.”
Cruz refused all chemical testing, according to Boone County State’s Attorney Michelle Courier. However, a court order was obtained, and Cruz was subjected to a blood draw, although it is unknown how much time elapsed between the time of the incident and the test.
The city stated in a release May 9 that “Because this is an ongoing investigation, the City of Rockford will not offer any additional information on this matter.”
Posted May 9, 2012
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