Moreno: "Danger to the community" says judge

Date: 
01/08/2021
PJMoreno

This is Proco "Joe" Moreno's booking photo at Cook County jail on Thursday

In his video-conference court ruling Thursday, Jan. 7, Cook County Judge William Hooks deemed former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno "a danger to the community" as he revoked his bail for the Dec. 27 rampage of destruction along Astor and Division Streets and ordered him to turn himself in at Cook County Jail at 3 p.m. that afternoon.

In the hearing State's Attorney Thomas Simpson asked Judge Hooks to impose more restrictions on Moreno. Moreno's attorney Travis Richardson argued that there should be less restrictions.

Richardson told the judge that after the December incident, Moreno had checked himself into an intensive rehab program. He also pointed out that Moreno had never missed a court date and no one was injured in the Dec. 27 episode.

But Judge Hooks went beyond the state's attorney's request and rejected Richardson's reasoning. Hooks said that it was just luck that no one was injured. The judge is also handling Moreno's felony case from May 2019

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Moreno, 48, was booked into the Cook County jail Thursday. His next court date is Jan. 15.

Astor Street events
During the Thursday video-conference court hearing, it was learned that when the police arrived at the incident scene on Dec. 27, Moreno, sitting motionless behind the wheel of his 2016 Audi car, was "attempting to accelerate the vehicle through the tree," which he had just crashed into. 

Prior to the crash, it is reported that Moreno's car hit the first car in the 1500 block of N. Astor, near Governor Pritzker's home. Four more cars were hit in the 1300 and 1200 blocks. 

Next, according to a Chicago Tribune report, a door attendant at one of the Astor St. buildings as well as other witnesses said the Audi was "thrown in reverse" and sped backward. It hit the front of one car, pushing it on the sidewalk, then struck two more cars before turning onto Division St. and crashing into the tree. 

Four times the legal limit, the blood alcohol level of Wicker Park resident Moreno was reported to be 0.32%.

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