Niles councilman charged in OVI

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A Niles councilman is facing drunken driving charges after he crashed his car last Saturday with nearly three times the legal alcohol limit in his system.

Fourth Ward councilman Edward McCormick Jr., 59, of Elm Court, had a .228 blood-alcohol content when he crashed his car into a truck Aug. 24 while trying to make a turn near Pratt Street and East Park Avenue in Niles.

He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Niles Municipal Court and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Sept. 20.

McCormick is running unopposed on the November ballot.

McCormick, according to news partner the Tribune Chronicle, told police he was drinking whiskey and beer all day at the San Felipe Club in Niles.

The police report says McCormick was cooperative and respectful towards police, the Tribune Chronicle reported.

McCormick was charged with drunken driving in 1998 but eventually pleaded guilty to reckless operation.

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