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U.S. postal worker charged with driving drunk, trying to bribe arresting CPD officers

January 23, 2024


CHICAGO (CBS) — A U.S. Postal worker was arrested last week charges of driving drunk and trying to bribe the police officers who pulled him over in the Portage Park neighborhood.

On Tuesday evening last week, two officers were on patrol in a squad car heading south on Central Avenue, according to a police report. The officer driving the squad car had to brake abruptly to avoid hitting a Hyundai Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle headed north on Central, as the second car made a sharp left turn onto Wilson Avenue right in front of the police vehicle, according to the police report.

The officers pulled over the SUV on Wilson Avenue just west of Central Avenue, and noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the driver’s breath, police said. The driver’s eyes were glazed over, and his speech was mumbled, the police report said.

There was a 100 mL bottle of Dzika Kaczka vodka bottle in plain sight in the center column of the SUV, and it was almost 99 percent empty, the police report said.

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