December 06, 2022
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Plainfield man charged in deadly I-55 crash requested deportation: records

A Plainfield man charged with drunken driving in connection with a deadly car crash where a police officer was killed had requested deportation to Mexico after he was apprehended by immigration authorities, court records show.

Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Griffin filed an emergency motion Thursday for a judge to approve a warrant for Rodrigo Marin, 42, before he is deported, according to court records.

Marin faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated driving while license revoked and leaving the scene of crash.

Marin, along with Joliet police officer Erin Zilka, 35, crashed into the same box truck Jan. 19, and Berwyn police officer Charles Schauer, 33, a passenger in Zilka’s car, was killed in the crash, police said.

Zilka was charged with misdemeanor DUI.

Marin was released from the Will County jail on Feb. 21 after his family posted 10% of his $250,000 bond, but he was arrested by agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement several days later.

Marin, a Mexican citizen, was in the U.S. illegally, ICE spokeswoman Nicole Alberico said.

Marin appeared before an immigration judge for a court hearing Wednesday in Chicago, according to Griffin’s motion.

Marin was denied bail, but he requested voluntary removal, the motion said. Under voluntary removal, ICE agents take him to an airplane for deportation within seven to 14 days of the request, according to the motion.

An ICE official said if a detainee faces criminal charges in a local court, the county prosecutors can “writ him out of ICE custody to face his criminal charges.”

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News