A Chicago man was charged with driving under the influence in connection with a chain reaction crash that injured nine people, including four police officers Monday.
Melvin Brown, 69, of the 8100 block of South South Shore Drive, was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence causing an accident and bodily harm, two counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence, negligent driving and failure to keep inside the lanes.
Ambulances were called to the 10200 block of South Indianapolis Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. Monday after the driver of a Nissan Altima slammed into an unmarked squad car. The officers had stopped the driver of a Chevy Tahoe.
"I just heard a loud bang," said Net Gonzalez, who lives nearby. "I looked out the window and a couple of cops were injured. The victims that were pulled over were also injured. Cops fell to the ground. Everybody fell to the ground. Police got here real quick."
Of the nine adults involved in the crash, two were taken in critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County; one person was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn; one person was taken in fair-to-serious condition to Advocate Trinity Hospital; four people were taken in fair-to-serious condition to Roseland Community Hospital; and one person refused treatment, fire officials said.