DWI Discount for “hero”

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On April 8th,  Mark Whaley of the Elgin, IL Police Department was pulled over by a fellow armed government worker,  Luke Kampmeier.

In the video below, we see Kampmeier introducing himself and explaining his reason for conducting the traffic stop. He tells Whaley he saw him cut off another driver, use a lane improperly and that his car did not have the required Illinois license plate on the front of the vehicle.

When asked where he was coming from, Whaley replied that he had just dropped his daughter and his wife off and that he’d been “coming back from… ”

He stopped himself from saying “the bar.”

Moments later after claiming he had no insurance card for the vehicle, he was asked again where he’d been coming from. This time he replied that he was on his way home from training. He admitted that he’d had at least one beer, an hour before the traffic stop and that he was a fellow armed government worker.

After being asked several times if he would submit to chemical testing, Whaley refused saying “I don’t want to take any tests.” No tests were administered and Whaley was arrested.

At 2:06am, Whaley was brought into processing at the Dekalb County Jail in Sycamore where he was booked; the process taking about 20 minutes. Whaley was taken into a holding cell, and by 3:52am – not quite two hours later – his possessions were released to him and he was set free with no charges.

Sycamore police Cmdr. Mike Anderson, who was on call that night, can be seen in the booking area as Whaley was led out of the police station with a police vest and other property.

Sycamore Police Chief Glenn Theriault

Records obtained through a FOIA show text messages were exchanged by Whaley and Sycamore Police Chief Glenn Theriault. One of the text messages read, ““Took longer than I thought! Tough position for you and all last night.”

Kampmeier wrote in his report that after observing Whaley for a period of time, he decided to release Whaley based on “lack of evidence.”

Theriault is currently on paid administrative suspension.

 

 

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