WATCH: Cop ‘Un-Arrested’ for DUI in His COP CAR, Epitomizing Why People are Upset – Free Thought Project
Sycamore, IL — The Sycamore Police Department and its Chief of Police, Glenn Theriault, are under the microscope today after dashcam footage was released showing how Elgin police officer Sgt. Mark T. Whaley was allegedly given special treatment during his DUI arrest proceedings.
The incident happened April 8, when Sycamore officer Luke Kampmeier pulled Whaley over for driving erratically, even cutting off another driver without using his turn signal. In the video, Kampmeier asks Whaley if he’d been drinking.
The 20-year veteran police officer admitted to only having drunk one beer, but his comportment gave the officer probable cause to issue a field sobriety test, which Whaley refused. According to reports, there was an unopened beer inside the vehicle, and Kampmeier said on video he could smell alcohol on the Elgin officer’s breath.
Whaley refused any and all field sobriety tests offered to him, was handcuffed, placed in the back of Kampmeier’s patrol car, and taken to jail sometime after 2:00 am. Closer to 4:00 Whaley was allowed to walk out of jail without being charged with Driving Under The Influence (DUI).
Records show Sycamore Chief Theriault made several calls to Elgin police commanders before he was released. Also, Whaley’s car, a police-issued pickup truck, was returned to the officer. Reports say Theriault used to be an officer with the Elgin Police Department, as a commander before he became Chief of Police for Sycamore.
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