Police officer dies after fellow cop crashes while driving intoxicated, IL cops say

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A police officer in Illinois has been charged with a DUI after her passenger — also an officer — was killed following a crash on Sunday, police say.

Officer Charles Schauer, 33, with the Berwyn Police Department was a passenger in a 2019 Dodge Durango driven by Erin Zilka, 35, when it crashed into the back of a box truck near Plainfield around 6 a.m., WBBM reported.

The box truck and a pickup had crashed earlier in the day and were stopped in the right two lanes of traffic, according to the outlet.

Schauer was killed, WGN reported. Both officers were off-duty.

Zilka — an officer with Joliet police — was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, then arrested and charged with driving under the influence, according to the outlet.

She also was charged with driving “too fast for the conditions,” WBBM reported.

Erin Zilka, 35, was arrested and charged with a DUI after police say the car she was driving crashed into a box truck, killing a passenger in Illinois.
Erin Zilka, 35, was arrested and charged with a DUI after police say the car she was driving crashed into a box truck, killing a passenger in Illinois.

Zilka’s lawyer says her blood alcohol test came in under the legal limit, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“She’s absolutely devastated to a degree I can’t express verbally,” her attorney, Jeff Tomczak, told the newspaper.

Zilka was released on bond, and Joliet police say they’ve opened an internal investigation into the incident, WGN reported.

Schauer was a 10-year veteran at the Berwyn Police Department and a “well-respected” officer,” the department said in a Facebook post.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schauer family during this time of need,” the post said. https://news.yahoo.com/police-officer-dies-fellow-cop-212616680.html

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