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Plainfield man charged in deadly I-55 crash released from jail

Rodrigo Marin
Rodrigo Marin

A Plainfield man charged with drunk driving and crashing into a truck that a Joliet police officer later allegedly crashed into, killing her police officer passenger, was released from jail last Friday.

Rodrigo Marin, 42, was in the Will County jail for more than a month before his release. He posted 10% of his $250,000 bond and was freed about 1:30 a.m. Friday, according to county jail records.

Marin was arrested Jan. 19 in connection with a car crash on Interstate 55 just before another wreck that resulted in the death of Berwyn Police Officer Charles Schauer.

Schauer, 33, was a passenger in a car driven by Joliet Police Officer Erin Zilka, 35. Zilka faces a misdemeanor DUI charge. Both Zilka and Marin were arrested after they crashed into the same box truck, police said.

Zilka was arrested and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to appear for her arraignment on March 18, according to court records.

Marin’s attorney Miguel Miranda did not respond to a call Tuesday.

Miranda previously filed a motion to have Marin’s bond reduced. Miranda argued in his motion that Marin comes from a family of “working-class people” and is “presumed innocent of the charges that he faces.”

He also argued Marin is not a flight risk and has "substantial ties to the community."

Marin’s bond hearing was held Feb. 10 but was postponed after Miranda noticed the first two aggravated DUI counts against his client were listed as a class 1 felony instead of a class 2, as they were in the original criminal complaint.

Will County State's Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said the first two counts contained a clerical error and should have been class 2 felonies.

A bill of indictment filed Feb. 13 included a new allegation about Marin’s driving offenses. The indictment alleged Marin drove under the influence in Alabama and Tennessee in 1998, as well as in Cook County in 2000 and 2004.

Marin was also indicted on a charge of aggravated driving while license revoked and leaving the scene of a crash.

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