Chicago City Worker Charged with DUI

Dwight Washington plowed into a crowd of people on Saturday, police said

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Monday, May 23, 2011  |  Updated 7:47 AM CDT
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A Department of Streets and Sanitation worker has been charged with driving under the influence in a city vehicle after crashing into a group of eight people over the weekend.

Dwight Washington, of the 1800 block of North Linder Avenue, faces four counts of aggravated driving under the influence and bodily harm, and two counts of misdemeanor DUI. The 61-year-old city worker also was ticketed for carrying alcohol, negligent driving and failure to reduce speed.

Washington lost control of a city pickup truck during his shift Saturday near Cedar and Rush streets and drove into a crowd, police said.

The victims included a 1-year-old girl. One person was in critical condition Monday morning.

Washington is scheduled to appear in bond court later Monday. Chicago's Streets and Sanitation has begun the process of firing him.

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