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Drunk driver charged in multi-vehicle crash on Bishop Ford

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A driver fleeing police when he crashed into several vehicles slowed down for another accident early Sunday on the Bishop Ford Expressway and injured three people is now facing a felony charge.

A patrolling Burnham police officer saw Paul M. Woods driving recklessly at a high rate of speed, and almost hitting pedestrians in the parking lot of Will's Sports Bar in the 2400 block of West State Street early Sunday, Burnham police Chief Peter Belos said.

The officer pursued Woods onto I-94, where he struck several vehicles slowing down for the second of two previous crashes, Belos said.

The initial crash occurred about 3:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the expressway near 120th Street, according to Illinois State Police District Chicago Master Sergeant Mark Hall.

One female was ejected from a vehicle and seriously wounded, but the injuries were not expected to be life-threatening, state police said. Two other females were also hospitalized.

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Several motorists were slowed in the southbound lanes of the Bishop Ford looking at the crash were then involved in a second crash, which resulted in minor injuries, state police said.

About 10 minutes later, a drunk driver hit several vehicles in the northbound lanes of the that were slowing down for the original crash, according to state police. No one was seriously hurt in the crash.

The drunk driver was Woods, 24, of the 7100 block of West 170th Street in Tinley Park, and he was charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing and eluding police, and misdemeanor DUI. He was also cited for reckless driving and speeding in excess of 100 mph, Belos said.

Wood is expected in bond court Tuesday in Markham.

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