Former alderman charged with DUI after crashing into automobiles, tree alongside Gold Coast avenue

Proco Joe Moreno in 2019 and a few of the autos that had been broken on Astor Road. | CPD; Google

Former Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno was behind the wheel of a automobile that struck a collection of automobiles alongside a Gold Coast avenue after which crashed right into a tree Sunday night. Police beforehand mentioned the incident is “alcohol-related.” Now, prosecutors have filed a number of misdemeanor costs in opposition to Moreno, together with DUI.

CWBChicago was first to report automobile that struck a minimum of 9 parked automobiles on the 1500 to 1200 blocks of North Astor is registered to Moreno.

Moreno is charged with DUI, reckless driving, and a number of counts of failure to report a collision.

A police division supply mentioned Moreno had a blood alcohol content material of .329 —greater than 4 instances the authorized restrict. One other supply mentioned an undercover CPD unit noticed Moreno making an attempt to dislodge his automobile after the 2017 Audi crashed and have become trapped close to the intersection of Division and Astor streets round 9:20 p.m. These undercover cops stored an eye fixed on Moreno till patrol items arrived to deal with the scenario.

An ambulance took Moreno to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for minor accidents.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzer is among the many distinguished Chicagoans who reside alongside the three-block stretch of Astor Road the place broken automobiles had been discovered.

The Chicago Tribune experiences that the broken automobiles embody “a Lexus RX, a Volkswagen Jetta, a Mitsubishi Mirage, a Honda Pilot and a Jeep Cherokee.”

A tough street

Final yr, prosecutors charged Moreno with felony submitting of a false report after he advised police that somebody stole his Audi from the storage of his Wicker Park dwelling. The truth is, police found he loaned the automobile to a feminine buddy. Moreno can also be accused of insurance coverage fraud in that case as he allegedly tried to gather fee for the “stolen” automobile.

Moreno has pleaded not responsible to all costs, and the legal case remains to be working its manner by the court docket system.

A lady who was arrested and briefly charged with driving the “stolen” Audi that Moreno loaned to her is suing Moreno for defamation.

In 2018, one other lady advised police Moreno flashed a badge to intimidate her throughout a parking dispute in Wrigleyville.

The girl mentioned she had simply backed right into a parking spot when Moreno pulled up subsequent to her in an Audi and flashed a badge that turned out to be the star given to Chicago aldermen, in response to a Block Membership Chicago report.

“I by no means mentioned I used to be a police officer or something like that,” Moreno advised the Tribune on the time. “I confirmed her the aldermanic badge merely to offer her some encouragement that I knew what I used to be speaking about and he or she ought to transfer nearer to the curb.”

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