Columnist's case is continued


CHICAGO -- Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko appeared in court yesterday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and four other charges. His case was continued until May.

"He's getting treatment. The continuance is a normal procedure that allows the court to check on his progress," defense attorney Louis Garippo said yesterday.

Mr. Garippo said Mr. Royko's driver's license will be suspended for six months beginning Feb. 1 for refusal to submit to a breath test.

Mr. Royko, 62, of Winnetka, was charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest on Dec. 17 after a minor traffic accident. He also was cited with failure to yield while turning left, having an expired registration and carrying no proof of insurance.

Mr. Royko's column appears three days a week in The Evening Sun.

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