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State Police: Ald. Rey Colon pulled over on Ike, accused of DUI

Ald. Rey Col(35th) refused Monday discuss his arrest last week. Illinois State Police say he was pulled over Thursday Eisenhower

Ald. Rey Colon (35th) refused on Monday to discuss his arrest last week. Illinois State Police say he was pulled over on Thursday on the Eisenhower Expressway and is accused of DUI. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

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Updated: August 30, 2014 6:14AM

In 2003, Ald. Rey Colon (35th) was elected to the City Council after defeating an incumbent backed by the organization of then-Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).

Now, Colon is facing a challenge of a different kind with the potential to undermine his re-election campaign.

Colon said Monday he’s hired a criminal defense attorney after being arrested by Illinois State Police last week for allegedly driving drunk on the Eisenhower Expy. without a valid license.

Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police, said Colon was driving a 2006 black Honda SUV when he was pulled over shortly before 1 a.m. Friday while driving westbound.

“The vehicle appeared to be kind of weaving between lanes before attempting to exit at Homan,” Bond said.

“The Honda was pulled over for failure to signal and improper lane usage. He was cooperative with field sobriety tests and transported to the 11th District for processing. He was given citations for DUI, no driver’s license, improper lane usage and failure to signal when changing lanes. When they pulled up the records, they found that the alderman’s driver’s license had expired less than six months ago.”

Colon refused to discuss the circumstances of his arrest or whether he refused to take a Breathalyzer. On Monday, he would only say he has hired attorney Thomas Needham to defend him.

“I have every confidence that the legal system is going to come out with a just result, but I’m not at liberty to talk really,” said Colon, 53.

“Did I make a mistake? We will see. . . . I was on the Eisenhower, but I can’t really speak to it at this time.”

Asked whether he plans to apologize to his constituents, Colon said, “No. Not really. I have every confidence in the legal process and that justice will prevail in this matter. ”

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