Former Rockford cop pleads guilty to aggravated DUI

Danie Cruz
Danie Cruz

Online Staff Report

A former Rockford cop accused of causing a Boone County drunk driving crash in 2012 has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Daniel Cruz, 39, was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .14 on Beloit Road May 21, 2012 when he illegally passed a SUV.

As Cruz passed the SUV, he slammed into a pickup truck then collided with another SUV.

A passenger in the SUV was left paralyze from the neck down. Three other passengers were also injured. Cruz was off duty when the crash occurred.

After the accident, Cruz walked away from the scene and was picked up about a mile away by an off-duty firefighter.

Cruz was a 13-year veteran of the Rockford Police Department at the time of the crash. He was initially charged with DUI, aggravated reckless driving, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, improper passing, improper lane usage, and driving with no insurance. He has since left the police department.

Cruz will be sentenced May 15. Aggravated DUI is a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

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