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Harvey Cop Charged With Driving Drunk In West Suburbs

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A police officer conducts a breathalyzer test.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A police officer conducts a breathalyzer test. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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RIVERSIDE, Ill. (CBS) — An off-duty Harvey police officer was arrested for driving drunk early Tuesday after he allegedly crashed into a stationary vehicle in west suburban Riverside.

Riverside police were dispatched to 3300 Harlem Ave. around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday for a two-car accident with no injuries.

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Joseph Ellison, 35, of Chicago Ridge, was driving his car at a high speed when he struck a motorist waiting at a red light, Riverside police said.

Ellison and the other driver both pushed their cars off the road before officers arrived.

Ellison allegedly showed signs of intoxication. But he refused to perform sobriety tests or take a breath test, Riverside police said.

The officer was charged with DUI, and was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and driving with no proof of vehicle insurance.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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