Alderman sues CPD over 'false' DUI charges

January 19, 2011 3:09:50 PM PST
An alderman is suing the Chicago Police Department for what she calls false DUI charges.

Last January, 24th Ward Alderman Sharon Dixon got into an altercation with police officers and firefighters when she arrived at the scene of a fire on the North Side.

Authorities say they smelled alcohol on Dixon's breath when she told them to move and then drove her car over a hose.

Dixon was arrested and spent the night in jail. She denies she was drunk and says she was mistreated.

"I am a person who has worked hard, a person who has played by the rules, a person who has asked nothing more than to have a level playing field, but none of it mattered on the morning of January 21st, 2009," Dixon said.

ABC7 was unable to reach the Chicago Police Department for a comment.