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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:45

Former officer seeks pardon in DUI crash

Written by  CSI Media news staff
Daniel Cruz Daniel Cruz

BELVIDERE -- An off-duty police officer convicted in a 2012 Boone County drunken driving crash that left a woman paralyzed is seeking a pardon or to have his sentence reduced.

Daniel Cruz, an off-duty Rockford police officer, passed an SUV in a no-passing zone on Beloit Road May 21, 2012 when he struck a pick-up truck and collided with the SUV driven by Mary Daniels, who was paralyzed from the neck down.

In a hearing taking place today, (Oct. 6, 2015) Cruz is seeking to have Gov. Bruce Rauner pardon him or reduce his sentence. He currently is serving an 8-year sentence.

Boone County State’s Attorney Michelle Courier has objected to the petition, according to WIFR-TV.

“Throughout his petition for clemency, Cruz claimed to accept responsibility for what he had done, but he never identified in his petition anything he did was wrong,” Courier told the TV station.

Cruz walked away from the scene and was stopped by a firefighter about three-quarters of a mile away, according to police reports.

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