Cook County jailer charged in DUI crash death of 2nd jailer
WOODBRIDGE, Ill. (AP) — A Cook County correctional officer faces a drunken driving charge in a three-vehicle crash in Chicago’s west suburbs that killed a fellow jail officer.
Monday’s crash in Woodridge killed 27-year-old Cook County Sheriff’s Officer Zachary Perry, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The Addison man was a corrections officer at the Cook County Jail.
Woodridge police say 30-year-old Pablo Perez of Berwyn was hospitalized before being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He’s also a correctional officer with the sheriff’s office.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed and alcohol may have contributed to Monday’s crash, which involved Perez’s Jeep, Perry’s BMW and a light duty-box truck.
Illinois State Police, Bolingbrook and Romeoville police, and the Felony Investigative Assistance Team are investigating the crash.