Repeat DUI driver ‘nearly killed’ motorcyclist, judge says before ordering him jailed

CHICAGO — A man who was severely injured in a crash while driving drunk in 2012 will be detained to await trial after prosecutors accused him of badly injuring a motorcyclist while driving drunk this summer.

Hugo Roman, 48, was seen drinking at a bar for several hours before he climbed into his 2012 Ford Flex and drove away on August 26, officials said during a detention hearing last week.

Roman allegedly failed to yield to oncoming traffic as he turned left onto Barry Avenue from Cicero Avenue around 10:26 p.m. An oncoming motorcyclist slammed into the side of Roman’s vehicle and suffered significant injuries.

In her hand-written detention order, Judge Maryam Ahmad noted that Roman “nearly disemboweled” the 35-year-old motorcyclist, who was “nearly killed” by the collision.

Chicago police officers said the victim also suffered multiple broken ribs and a fractured clavicle.

Hugo Roman | Chicago Police Department

“He severely injured himself drinking and driving in 2012 and nearly killed this [victim],” Ahmad’s order continued. The judge said the crash was recorded on video and seen by witnesses.

Four hours after the crash, Roman’s blood alcohol level was .157, nearly twice the legal limit, according to CPD’s arrest report.

Roman was initially cited for DUI, but police secured additional charges and arrested him at his home on November 27.

According to prosecutors, Roman has been convicted twice of driving with a revoked license since his 2012 DUI conviction.

He is now charged with aggravated DUI causing bodily harm, plus three additional counts of aggravated DUI.

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