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posted: 9/7/2012 11:19 AM

Chicago officer pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash

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Associated Press

A former Chicago police detective has pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence in a crash that killed two men when the officer slammed his car into a stalled vehicle on an expressway.

Cook County state's attorney spokeswoman Sally Daly says Joseph Frugoli entered the plea Thursday but still faces trial on charges that accuse him of leaving the scene of the 2009 crash.

Authorities say Frugoli's blood-alcohol level was more than triple the legal limit for drivers at the time of the accident.

The crash killed 23-year-old Andrew Cazares of Summit and 21-year-old Fausto Manzera of Chicago.

Prosecutors contend the 18-year police veteran tried to flee after being helped from his vehicle by a passer-by but was quickly apprehended.

Police say Frugoli resigned from the department Aug. 30.

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