Police: Extremely Drunk Driver Tries To Punch Firefighter After Crash

CHICAGO (CBS) — A motorist who was more than four times over the legal limit for alcohol punched a firefighter who tried to help him after he crashed early Thursday on the Southeast Side.

Austin Derden, 27, of the 7600 block of South Phillips Avenue was released on an personal recognizance bond about 5 a.m. Friday, police said. The incident occurred at 2 a.m. Thursday in the 7900 block of South Merrill Avenue.

Derden had crashed at the Merrill address and started to scuffle with a responding firefighter who was trying to help him. He threw two punches at the firefighter for an unidentified reason, according to police. It was not immediately known if the firefighter was injured.

South Chicago District police arrested Derden and he was placed in the lockup until he was released Friday. His blood alcohol level was measured at .375 percent, more than four times the legal limit of .08.

Derden was charged with aggravated assault to a firefighter, DUI, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and driving an uninsured vehicle, police said. All the charges are misdemeanors.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • what an idiot

    Drunken mug shot pic please!

    • J. Kelley

      Assault on a firefighter? DUI? Driving on a suspended license? All that and he was released after only 3 hrs on his own personal recognizance? Really?

  • Listen

    Wait, they let this guy go so he can do it all over again?

  • Devon

    Again, Leroy, you are hilarious. Keep up your comical posts. HaHaHaHa

  • WOZ

    right on leroy!!!!!! you rock!!!!!

  • Kyle

    You beat me to it by one second, Woz, keep up the good work.

  • diana

    Escuse me but from what i read there was nothing said about the man being black. Make sure you know what you are talking about before you start making stupid comments. Then you run the risk of looking as stupid as a drunk does when they try to punch a firefighter trying to help them when they crash and burn. Stupid drunks get on my nerves.

  • Mo Bro Takes A Taste O Da Train

    That Night Train sho am smooz.

    • Curious

      Is that heroin talk? Did you just nail it?

  • tunafish charlie

    racist people only become racist after they have had a bad experience with some one of a difference race….more then likely a good BUTT KICKING…its strange how you all watch the BLACK MAN in sports…football..boxing…basketball…none of you DEEP ROOTED RACIST would have the guts to say the things i’m reading on this post to the 100% real brother like the professional sports guys…its always the little punks in the hood that you pick on behind your tweets…grow up and try to be at least be some what of a MAN…or maybe that’s just to tough for you GIRLS..LOl

    • Tyreese

      @tuna, You confuse the difference between, frustration with the out of control, young black population, and racism. People are fed up and disgusted with all of the attempted murders, EVERY SINGLE DAY, by the black homies in the hood. This disgust is not racism. A real MAN doesn’t fight, or start shooting, when faced with a disagreement. You sound like you have the same criminal mentality as the homies. Keep your racist card to yourself, we’ve all seen it.

  • dan

    Dude probaly stocked up on 4 loco before they took it off the shelves

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