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Before Terrance Finley: Other cops charged with DUI in Chicago

Several other officers have been accused of — and pleaded guilty to — driving under the influence in recent years. Several of them have left innocent civilians dead.

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Terrance Finley is at least the fifth Chicago police officer to be charged with DUI in the last 10 years. Marquita Reed, the woman who died after he allegedly plowed into a South Side building, is also not the first person to die at the hands of an allegedly drunken officer.

Joseph Frugoli
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Chicago police detective Joseph Frugoli had a blood-alcohol level that was more than four times the legal limit when he crashed into a disabled car in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway, killing two men, in April 2009. Frugoli was charged with aggravated DUI, reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2012. Court records show he was paroled last March. Last year, the City Council approved a $20 million settlement with the families of the two men.

Richard Bolling
Sun-Times file

Former CPD officer Richard Bolling was charged with DUI, reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident after he struck and killed 13-year-old Trenton Booker, who was riding his bike, near 81st Street and Ashland Avenue on May 22, 2009. In 2012, the 17-year CPD veteran was sentenced to three years in prison.

Terrell Garrett, a police officer in North Chicago, was charged with DUI and reckless homicide after he killed two men while speeding north in the southbound lanes of the 3000 block of North Lake Shore Drive in 2013. Garrett reached a plea deal with prosecutors in 2014 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Terrell Garrett DUI officers
Terrell Garrett
Illinois Department of Corrections

Erin Mowry, a Chicago police officer for only two years, was charged with aggravated DUI in August 2015 after he struck and critically wounded a woman who was standing at a crosswalk on the Northwest Side. He pleaded guilty in November 2017 and, at the behest of the victim’s family, was sentenced to 480 hours of community service, preferably working with people who have suffered brain injuries.

CPD Sgt. Michael Muszynsky was charged with DUI in October 2018 after he was summoned from the Albany Park District on the Northwest Side to CPD headquarters in Bronzeville. Once there, Muszynsky — who was on duty at the time — failed a Breathalyzer test. Muszynsky is no longer listed in the city’s employee database, though records of his criminal case were not immediately available.

Erin Mowry
Chicago Police Department