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Man accused of DUI and hit-and-run

A Chicago police officer caught a suspected drunk driver a block away from a hit-and-run in Uptown that sent an 87-year-old ex-Marine flying into the air, severely injuring him, prosecutors said Sunday.

Michael Izeta, 26, was ordered held on $350,000 bond Sunday when he appeared in court. His Indiana license had already been suspended for driving under the influence and he has at least two prior DUI cases from Indiana on his record, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

A Chicago police officer was driving directly behind a Pontiac that blew a red light at Lawrence and Broadway about 7 a.m. Friday, and continued moving at 35 miles per hour, a prosecutor said Sunday in Bond Court.

The car struck Wayne Davis, of the 900 block of West Wilson, who was thrown four feet into the air, the officer reported.

Davis suffered a brain bleed and was treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. He was in critical but stable condition, according to prosecutors.

Izeta struck a curb a block from the accident, and the arresting officer observed he slurred his speech, had bloodshot eyes, and smelled strongly of alcohol, court records said.

His blood alcohol level was .215, above the legal limit of .08, the prosecutor said.

Izeta, of the 6100 block of North Damen, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm; aggravated DUI involving an accident that caused great bodily harm; aggravated DUI for driving without a license; failure to yield, and driving without insurance.

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