Given all of the media attention and law enforcement awareness campaigns surrounding drunk driving, there’s really no excuse for choosing to get behind the wheel after you have been drinking. The potential consequences of driving under the influence are well-documented, and Illinois residents are responsible for adhering to the laws banning drinking and driving. This is especially true for police officers who work in the state. That’s why an injury accident in Boone County this week is so disturbing. On Monday night sometime after 9pm, a 37-year old man from Machesney Park was driving a 2010 Dodge Caravan minivan south on Beloit Road about a mile and a half east of Poplar Grove Airport. The Boone County Sherriff’s Department says that the minivan tried to pass a sport utility vehicle while traveling uphill in a no-passing zone near the intersection of Town Hall road. The minivan struck a pickup truck head-on and also collided with the SUV. Four occupants in the SUV were injured, one of them critically. The 37-year old attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was eventually arrested. He was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an injury accident, aggravated reckless driving, and improper passing and lane usage. But here’s the worst part: the suspect was a 13-year veteran of the Rockford Police Department. It appears that the occupants of the SUV have very strong grounds for personal injury lawsuits against the minivan driver. However, because the man was not on-duty for Rockford PD when the accident occurred, any case against the police department would not be as strong. Nevertheless, the plaintiffs could receive reimbursement for their hospitalization costs, medical expenses, and physical therapy. They could also be compensated for lost time at work as well as pain and suffering stemming from the entire ordeal.