A North Chicago police officer driving the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive early Friday morning caused a three-vehicle crash that killed two men, a department lieutenant told NBC Chicago.
Terrel Garrett was in an SUV that crashed into a Jeep and a Toyota Scion at about 4 a.m. in the southbound lanes at Diversey Parkway. Police said he likely got onto Lake Shore Drive at LaSalle Drive. Witnesses said he was traveling at speeds of 60 miles per hour or more.
A source with the North Chicago Police Department said Garrett was drunk at the time of Friday's crash. He'd been with the department for a little more than a year, a lieutenant said.
Chief James Jackson said Garrett, off-duty at the time of the crash, was arrested and immediately placed on administrative leave.
A source said Garrett is the cousin of Michael Newsome, the department's former police chief who resigned last year following allegations of abuse. He was later charged with stealing more than $140,000 that had been seized from drug arrests.
Two people died in the Jeep, which had flipped to its side, officials said.
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