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Prosecutors: Man Accused of Drunk Driving Death Failed Drug Test

As a condition of bond, Nicholas Sord, of Orland Park, was required to take random drug tests. Prosecutors aim to remove his bond, which would keep Sord in jail while awaiting trial.

An Orland Park man accused in a fatal drunken driving crash may await trial in Cook County jail for testing positive for opiates and violating the conditions of his release, Sun-Times Media reported.

According to the Sun-Times, Cook County prosecutors will be looking to remove Nicholas Sord's $200,000 bond, which required that he take random drug tests.

Sord was nearly three times over the blood-alcohol limit on New Year’s Day 2010 when he lost control of his SUV near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue, killing his 20-year-old girlfriend, Jessica Mejia, of New Lenox.

Sord’s attorney, Jeff Aprati, said after court Wednesday that Sord broke his wrist five or six weeks ago and was taking the narcotic painkiller Vicodin, though he didn’t know the circumstances of the injury, the Sun-Times reported.

A hearing has been set for Jan. 31 to determine whether Sord will await his trial in jail.

The Mejia family is suing Sord, his family and the bars he visited that night in civil court.

A second civil lawsuit filed by the Mejia family removed Jessica Mejia’s clothing and took photographs without medical justification.

Updated Jan. 25

Susan White January 25, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Not the whole story! You forgot the part about his surgery! About his lawyer stating that! About his prescription medication that probation dept knew about! Vicodin is a opiate, test is non specific! States Attorney is just Show-Boating because his case is falling apart!
Jane Marie January 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Well Susan if that IS true it is HIS responsibility to get those medical records to the court. He deserves to rot in jail. He's still out bar hopping he never learned his lesson.
Michael Sewall (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 02:53 PM
We'll be following up on this case, and at the hearing Jan. 31 there will be a discussion about these accusations.
Andrea Williams January 30, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Hey Michael....do you have a time and place for the hearing?
Michael Sewall (Editor) January 30, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Hi Andrea, the hearing is at the Markham courthouse (16501 S. Kedzie Ave.) on Jan. 31 and our court reporter, Jesse Marx, believes that's at 9 a.m. He said he'd check tomorrow.
Jenna January 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Michael why is it okay for you to post this private information on where and when the hearing should be? You should be thinking about the family and not announce it and make it a zoo in there. Have some respect!!!!!!! The public has no reason to be there and be nosey. This is his case and not yours.
Susan White January 31, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Thats fine that everyone knows about the time & place. Maybe so much wrong information wouldnt be said if more people knew the REAL facts.By the way Nick was on prescription medication & thats a fact. The state knew that last week but choose to make a circus of this and waste everyones time!
mjp January 31, 2012 at 09:47 PM
susan, you sure are worried about nick, i really dont think the prosecutions case is falling apart, there still that little problem with him being 3 times the legal limit,and even a first year states attorney with no expierience could win this case.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) January 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Folks, I just wanted to let you know the prosecutors dropped their claim today about the drug test. Nick did have a valid prescription. http://orlandpark.patch.com/articles/reckless-murder-defendant-did-not-violate-bond-terms
Ben Feldheim (Editor) January 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Jenna, I also wanted to add it is common practice to post the dates and locations of upcoming court dates with our court stories. We're not treating this case any differently from others we cover.
BRW January 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Wow! A young woman with her whole life ahead of her has been killed and there are people that think its just ok? WOW!
Andrea Williams February 01, 2012 at 12:56 AM
It's ok to post the public information because it's public information.
mjp February 01, 2012 at 01:32 AM
it must be soooooo cool to have a rich daddy to pay tons of cash to some high priced lawyer to get you out of jams, my dad didnt have that much money , so i had to just make sure not to break the law, i wonder if all the people defending him get free drinks at mr. sords restaurants ?
Terri Jenkins April 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM
May the family victim- Jessica, find some peace. Same case: "Cook County sheriff’s police removed the clothes of a deceased accident victim and took photographs of her nude body along the side of the road, a lawsuit claims." Karma.

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