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Sunday, February 16, 2014 —Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today that a 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a crash that injured three pedestrians on Thursday near Loyola University Medical Center.

Scott StublerScott Stubler, of Rockdale, is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing today at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building. He has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence – causing bodily harm and driving under the influence of drugs. He also had a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

According to the Sheriff’s Police investigation, Stubler, the driver of a southbound red Nissan Sentra, was under the influence of heroin, codeine, and morphine when the car struck a Pace vehicle in the northbound lane of South 1st Avenue at approximately 3:35 p.m. on Thursday. The Sentra then hit three pedestrians in a crosswalk on 1st Avenue.

The three pedestrians were taken to the hospital for treatment. Two of them were seriously injured. The five special needs passengers on board the Pace vehicle were taken to an area hospital as a precaution and have since been released. The Pace driver declined medical treatment.

Stubler was also injured. He was treated and released from the hospital.
Stubler has also been cited for failure to reduce speed, improper traffic lane usage, pedestrian right of way, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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