Hit and run driver who struck a 5-year-old in Albany Park was intoxicated: police report

CHICAGO — A hit-and-run driver who struck a five-year-old boy in Albany Park on Saturday afternoon was under the influence of alcohol, according to a Chicago Police Department traffic crash report.

The boy was crossing the 4300 block of North Monticello with his mother when the driver of a 2008 Mercury Milan struck him around 1:30 p.m., the report said. Fire Department personnel took the boy to Lurie Children’s Hospital to treat abrasions and bruising, but police said he was expected to be okay.

According to the CPD report, the driver left the scene and crashed into several parked cars about four blocks from where he struck the boy. Police said the driver ran from his car, but witnesses chased him down and pinned him until cops arrived.

Jorge Flores, 29, of Hanover Park, was slurring his speech and had bloodshot eyes as officers placed him in an ambulance, the report said. Testing later revealed that he was under the influence of alcohol, according to the report.

The report said he was cited for DUI, operating an uninsured vehicle, leaving the scene, failing to have a valid registration, negligent driving, and driving on a suspended license.

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