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Man accused of DUI crash after his license plate number imprinted in victim's car bumper: Police

April 14, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Chicago man was accused of rear-ending a car while driving under the influence Tuesday, county prosecutors said, when police found that his license plate number had imprinted itself into the bumper of the victim's car in the crash.

Magdaleno Villanueva, 47, of the 5600 block of South Mozart Avenue, was arrested while sitting in his car outside his home, the police report said, after police connected the license plate number to his address.

Villanueva was charged with aggravated driving under the influence without ever being issued a driver's license, in addition to several misdemeanor charges, including driving with open containers of alcohol.

The police report said police officers could smell alcohol on Villanueva's breath when he was arrested, and they found a 12-pack of beer in the car, with one opened bottle in the cup holder.

Villanueva was accused of rear-ending a 49-year-old man who was sitting in his car with his family at a red light at the intersection of 55th Street and Sacramento Avenue.

He was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and ordered held in lieu of a $15,000 bond.

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