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Man accused of driving drunk in fatal crash early Saturday

Updated: November 12, 2012 2:18AM

A South Side electrician was ordered held on $450,000 bond Sunday for a fatal accident that careened across several lanes of the Dan Ryan, causing an accident that killed a 21-year-old man.

Tyrone Allen Stokes, 42, of the 10200 block of South Carpenter, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence involving accidental death, said prosecutor Allison Ackerman.

Stokes was driving his 2002 Sierra GMC south on the Dan Ryan at 95th Street at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday when he swerved to avoid hitting a car, and traveled across as many as five lanes of traffic, Ackerman said.

The accident forced Phillip Briner’s ‘94 Chevy pick-up into a cement wall, the prosecutor said. He suffered severe injuries and died later at Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to court records.

An arresting officer reported that Stokes had glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. A breathalyzer test showed his blood-alcohol level was .106, and Stokes said he had two beers and some vodka before the accident, according to information presented in court Sunday.

His defense attorney said Stokes slammed on his brakes to avoid an accident when a driver in front of him suddenly braked. “He got out of his car right away” to try and aid the victim, said the lawyer, Mike Johnson.

Prosecutors said Stokes received 36 months probation for a 2003 conviction for attempted possession of a controlled substance, and that he had a 1995 firearm conviction.

“He’s got a clean driving record,” Johnson said.

Stokes is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 13.

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