AROA — Police say a 26-year-old drunken driver was in a stolen pickup when he hit an off-duty law enforcement officer's vehicle Monday night in Maroa. 

A Macon County sheriff's deputy in a sworn affidavit said they were dispatched to a hit and run complaint at 10:30 p.m. and found a fellow deputy who said his vehicle was hit. He described the other vehicle as a red 1999 Ford Ranger with front-end damage, the court documents said.

Deputies found the truck on North Union Street just south of West Grand Avenue, according to the affidavit, and the person later identified as the suspect was trying to upright a can that had been struck. The suspect told police he did nothing wrong and explained he had hit a deer, the affidavit said. "His eyes appeared glassy, and he did not focus well," the sworn affidavit said.

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The officer did a field sobriety test and the suspect admitted "spontaneously" that he struck two vehicles, according to the affidavit.  His driver's license was expired and deputies could not find valid insurance for the vehicle, which was found to be stolen from Clinton, according to the documents. 

The suspect is being held in Macon County Jail in in lieu of $15,000 bail. He faces charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated DUI, subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

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