BLOOMINGTON — Assistant Police Chief Bob Wall was cited for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and improper lane usage following a traffic accident Wednesday that led officers to conduct a field sobriety test at his home.

The traffic citations were issued Friday afternoon after Chief Randy McKinley completed a review of accident reports filed after Walls’ vehicle struck a pole at Ireland Grove Road and Veterans Parkway.

Wall remains on duty and does not face a potential citation for driving under the influence of alcohol, said McKinley.

The state’s attorney’s office may review the case, he added.

The assistant chief called the department and reported the 8 p.m. accident after he returned to his home, which is a short distance from where the accident occurred, said McKinley.

The fact that Walls drove from the scene will be reviewed as part of the investigation, said McKinley.

“That is part of the reason this is being looked at. I have questions myself that need to be addressed,” said McKinley.

A patrol officer and a sergeant went to Walls’ home and took the report.

In a media statement issued Friday afternoon, McKinley said he asked officers if alcohol was involved and was told “there was no intoxication, but a slight odor of alcohol could be detected.”

The chief said Walls voluntarily agreed to and passed field sobriety tests and admitted he had consumed a couple of drinks earlier in the evening.

Wall was named assistant chief in 2008. His duties include supervision of the department’s administrative staff, budget, communication center, records and training.

The decision to allow Wall to stay on the job pending the review is based on the level of the possible infractions, the chief said Friday.

“The circumstances of this incident are not going to lead to potential termination,” McKinley said.

In another Bloomington police case, an officer actually charged with a traffic offense was placed on leave.

In 2009, Bloomington patrol officer William McGonigle was given speeding and DUI citations by an Illinois state trooper on the north edge of Normal. The officer refused to take a breath test, forcing suspension of his license for six months.

The charge was dropped after a special prosecutor said the state lacked enough evidence to prove its case against the officer. He also was given undisclosed sanctions by the department.

McGonigle was put on paid administrative leave for four months and then was assigned duties that did not require him to drive while the case was pending.

McKinley said he recently placed an officer on restricted duty while a citizen complaint is investigated.

Police officers have issued tickets to 153 drivers so far this year for leaving the scene of an accident in McLean County. The possible penalty for the Class A misdemeanor is up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500.

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ladybee
ladybee

McKinley does not believe Wall is facing a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol. HUMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!

thoughts a million
thoughts a million

No where in the article does it say he was DUI.

prothooman
prothooman

Sweep it under the rug like everything else in this town. On a different subject, where the arena sets would have been a perfect place for more jail space. Right across the street from the existing one. But then someone would not have their "Legacy" would they?

757702MR
757702MR

Must have happened right before I got to Ireland Grove Road. The pole was blocking the entire right lane.

normalguy61
normalguy61

Who would leave the scene of an accident that knocked a pole down across the street??? Someone drunk and trying to sober up before the police had a chance to test him..Or an idiot...Either way he should be suspended imediately without pay!

BritB
BritB

I'm sorry, the assistant chief of police did not know he shouldn't of left the scene of an accident? And why did his own patrol men conduct the investigation? Isn't that a conflict of interest? County or State should of been called in on this one. Do the right thing McKinley and terminate him.

BritB
BritB

On the first visit, he got questioned about drinking. Why wasnt field sobriety done then? What was the point of waiting until the 2nd visit to conduct the tests? Hmmmm, must of been done to ensure he passed.

Callie Jo
Callie Jo

What is a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol?

normalguy61
normalguy61

If they suspected DUI, why was he not tested for it?? That is normal procedure for the rest of the people, and if you refuse to take test it is automatic license suspension for a year. Anyone else would have been arrested for leaving the scene of the accident! Smells like a cover up to me.........

rnner65
rnner65

Police officers and Judges are usually able to go home first, or at least get something to eat.

PerceptionIsNotTruth
PerceptionIsNotTruth

rnner65: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..... That was a good one! And darn true for this community...

beentheredunthat
beentheredunthat

The Asst Chief of all people should know you don't leave the scene of the accident so why did he leave? At the very least there should be an internal investigation into where Wall had been prior to the accident and it should be conducted by an outside agency. If this was to happen with any other BPD police officer McKinley and Wall would make sure there would be an investigation and consequences for the actions.

MRK
MRK

The accident is under investigation? The whole department should be under investigation! What a joke - the guy knocks over a pole, leaves the scene of an accident, then reports once he's home and not driving. The officers ask if he's been drinking, but don't do a sobriety test until they're told to return to do one?? Why didn't they stick a breathalyzer in his face like every other person they suspect of drinking? So who's the ringleader running this entire circus? What fools - one asst chief who doesn't know that leaving the scene of an accident isn't legal, and two officers who apparently have an incredible lapse in judgement by neither doing a sobriety test (until told later to go back and do one) nor asking for a breathalyzer. Seriously, this whole things stinks to high heaven and someone should investigate the "investigators."

KPRSOX
KPRSOX

GET A LIFE.

Pist'L Packin' Mama
Pist'L Packin' Mama

Chief McKinley is a straight shooter in every sense of the word. I hope he doesn't fall on his sword over something like this. The questions he should have to answer are why did his assistant leave the scene of an accident? Why was a sobriety test not administered on the first visit to his assistant chief's home? He must remember that "bad news" does not improve with age and it only gets worse. I agree this investigation should be done by an outside agency.

RUTROH
RUTROH

I agree with you that McKinley is a straight shooter. But I re-read the article and I don't see where the sobriety test wasn't given on the first visit. Nowhere does it say the officers returned to administer the test.

Pist'L Packin' Mama
Pist'L Packin' Mama

It was in the original story. McKinley sent the officers back to the assistant chief's house to conduct the test.

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

This is not the first time a BPD officer beat a DUI. I recall a couple of years ago a BPD officer was caught drving drunk by a state trooper and beat the case in court. It appears Randy McKinley is going to see to it personally that this never makes the states attorneys office for review.I think Wall should resign or face termination.

over50
over50

Sure smells funny to me?

normalguy61
normalguy61

""admitted he had consumed a couple of drinks earlier in the evening."" when a suspect says a couple...that usually means 6 or 8.....and if he drank only two drinks in an hour...he was legally intoxicated.....

Ted Kennedy's Swim Instructor
Ted Kennedy's Swim Instructor

normalguy61: Two drinks in an hour is legally intoxicated? Depends on weight. I am a large enough person that two drinks in an hour puts me at .03 BAC (I have participated in sanctioned BAC testing).

Ted Kennedy's Swim Instructor
Ted Kennedy's Swim Instructor

MRK: maybe he had to report the accident from home where he had a phone to call it in?

Toms3gal
Toms3gal

and it's not on the BPD Blotter, just as other incidents seem to disappear from the blotter.

RebelDiablo
RebelDiablo

The Assistant Chief should of known better to have left the scene of the accident. Given that, along with the fact he admits to driving after consuming alcohol and the BPD screwed up by not giving him a BAC test soon after they arrived on scene, the Asst Chief should be fired. He's the Asst Chief- he is held to a higher standard as far as his job is concerned.

everyoneknows
everyoneknows

This whole thing is BS. I personally know of a person who knew he had too much to drink to drive, sat in his car with the radio on and feel asleep. This person was charged with a DUI although he never drove his car. If Mr.Wall had nothing to hide he would not have left the scene and not having a cell phone with would surprise me.

StreetGlide
StreetGlide

That was in the un updated article.

Luckycharm
Luckycharm

The news just reported that they sent officers back to his house to do a "field sobriety test." Well, his HOUSE is not "the field" and since the field sobriety test didn't include a breathalyzer (and he admits to drinking), there is no way anyone will ever know for sure whether or not he was drunk, or just didn't see that pole coming!!?? Doh. Not a smart move letting him off the hook on the breathalyzer. If he WASN"T drunk, the breathalyzer would have helped him clear his name. Disappointing move on BPD's part.

armyboy_61761
armyboy_61761

I have no idea who this person is. So here is my opinion. First thought, is the assistant chief an actual police officer, or just an administrative position? If he is an actual trained police officer, then he should know the consequences of leaving the scene. If he tries to convince anyone that he just made an honest mistake by driving home to report the accident, guess what, I believe he was driving under the influence. Only a police officer under the influence would make a mistake of this magnitude. I hope the states attorney is at least this intelligent.

thetruth88
thetruth88

To all of you who are ignorant to think that a breathalizer should have been done are way wrong. I do this everyday and there are so many things you have to do first before you can even give this test. First, you have to have a reason to suspect imparement. (bad driving, smell of an alcoholic beverage, empty beer cans in the car, ect.) Then, the person has to show imparement on field sobriety. If they don't show imparement, you can't really do anything unless you are so sure you want to get blood or urine. If he had consumed a few drinks then passed field sobriety, then they cannot arrest him. There is a process and you cannot "stick a breathalizer in his face." Some ppl should have their comments pre-read becuase you sound crazy. If he was drunk, treat him like every other person. Remember, these officers knew this would be scrutinized to the extent it has been, do you think they would jeopordize their jobs to save his? I don't think so...

over50
over50

Then he also knows how to beat a DUI and to get charged with a lesser count of leaving the scene of an accident. He will get by because he left the scene and if you are trying to convince me that an innocent man that knows the law runs you are the fool. The people again will be placed in the position of having doubts about a city employee and the conduct of their supervisors.

BC
BC

He reported the accident and voluntarily took the breathalyzer. It was a single car contact with a pole and the property damage was more than likely to his property. He voluntarily reported something they wouldn't have known about otherwise. Doesn't sound like someone hiding anything to me. Should he have set there, tied up traffic and possibly caused another accident? By law yes, by common sense no. Officers routinely instruct motorists to move cars after an accident which could be loosely construed as leaving the scene. If one is under the influence they don't report an incident that would go unnoticed otherwise. The average motorist in the same situation would do the same and think nothing about it. How many times have you bumped something with your car and just dismissed it? Most people have. That includes bumping another car while entering or leaving a parking space or bumping the car next to you with your door. Were this a civilian being charged for reporting something that happened like this all of you would be screaming police abuse.

757702MR
757702MR

The pole was blocking the entire right lane of Ireland Grove Rd. It would have been safer for his car to stay there with his hazard lights on. That would have warned other cars not to run into the fallen pole. I had to serve to the left lane to avoid the pole as it was difficult to see due to their being no light.

Nickyle
Nickyle

He reported the accident how many hours later? The property damage to the pole, if its broken, will cost $500-1500. They wouldn't have known otherwise? You really think that an accident at Ireland grove and Veterans at rush hour was not noticed by hundreds of passing vehicles? Do you really think the average motorist would hit a pole and just drive away? How can an officer instructing you to move your car out of the way be "loosely construed" as leaving the scene? Just bumping something in the parking lot is certainly not the same as hitting a pole. Your comments/perspective of this are very interesting. Does BC stand for Bloomington Cop?

Nickyle
Nickyle

does hitting a non moving pole count as bad driving? Does admitting to "having a few drinks earlier" count? Does slight smell of alcohol count? How many more reasons to you think were needed to "suspect impairment? A field sobriety test is 100% subjective. Its obvious that the two people administering the "field tests" were his co workers and subordinates, how stupid was that? Your either extremely naive or ignorant, if you think this was handled with the full intention of PROVING sobriety vs. Driving Under the Influence. Every aspect of the handling of this dumb, wrong and everyone involved knew that no DUI "could be proven".

thetruth88
thetruth88

Again...READ THE POST. They did have reason enough reason to administer field sobriety. If he does not show imparement on the tests then they can't make him take a breathalizer. I have pulled people over that i know are absolutely hammered and they pass field sobriety. After they take my PBT (different than an RBT or breathalizer) it has showed in one instance a .245 BAC. Because he did not show imparement on my tests I was not able to arrest him for DUI. Even though he was 3 times the legal limit. Again...you dont know what you are talking about. The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are tests that cannot be"proven" or "subjective". There are certain clues that you either have or don't...not subjective. Again, there is a reason why I have recieved 24 hours of SFST training becuase you have to be exactly right or you loose the case. Again...you don't know what you are talking about. There are ways to beat a DUI "over 50", but it is going to cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees to fight it in court, and you are going to loose your license for not submitting to an RBT Test as read in the Ilinois Warning to Motorists paperwork. I do agree this investigation should have been handled by an outside agency though.

BOOYA
BOOYA

I will say this....if you really are an officer, I would hate to read your reports and have to send them back to you on a regular basis! You sound like you just might patrol Carlock, or Covell! AND if you really are an officer you would know that coming on here and boasting about your many traffic stops and etc would be concidered by most to be very unprofessional! Get a clue! You can RE READ THE POST 100 times and it will still say he hit the pole,Officers smelled the beer/drinks, he admitted to having a few... those are enough reasons by a long shot to give the test...

tcarterffs485
tcarterffs485

"the truth" needs to go back to school and learn how to spell words like "impairment" and "jeopardize". I know new immigrants (legal and illegal) to this country who can spell better than that. What a shame.

raiseyourglass
raiseyourglass

You forgot becuase.

thetruth88
thetruth88

Maybe I do need to go back to school, but I have had enough school to arrest you and charge you with DUI and make it stick!!! I can guarantee that. Besides, what would you all talk about if i didn't mispell those words since this should not even be a story and Edith and the Pantagraph only report negatively on Law Enforcement. Where is the article about the BassNecter concert? Almost 25 arrests and a ton of people taken to the ER for overdosing and being messed up on Ex and other drugs. Nothing written about that. Don't worry about the article itself and the one sided reporting, worry about my spelling. LOL (laughing out loud)

Wheels
Wheels

Really? he didn't have a cell phone?

Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty

The article does not say whether the vehicle he was driving/damaged was his personal vehicle or the Bloomington Police Department's vehicle. That should matter. If, in fact, the pole was knocked to the point it created a hazard, that should matter, also. Field sobriety tests are conducted in the field, not at a person's home. Was the videocamera from the investigating officer's squad car used to record the field sobriety test? How much time had transpired from the time of the crash until the field sobriety test was conducted? An awful lot of unanswered questions exist.

Martin
Martin

I already know this was a cover up. The Asst. Chief should have been given a breathalizer test and he was not. The responding officer should be fired for not administering it. Now we are to beleive that a "FIELD subriety test" taken 4 hours after the incident and video taped was sufficient.? The asst. Chief refused the breathalizer and his license should be suspended, Shame on the Bloomington Police and shame on the chief himself for being a part of it. The grand jury should investigate this matter.

beentheredunthat
beentheredunthat

McKinley should have gone to Walls himself instead of send officers/Sgt's. To say right up front there will be no disciplinary actions against Wall seems to be a little early in the process. Both McKinley and Wall should set an example to the rest of the officers at the PD. If this happened to another BPD officer McKinley and Wall would make sure there was an investigation. Then again McKinley put Wall in charge of all the internal investigations at BPD.

SultansEarDownLow
SultansEarDownLow

Thank you for setting a positive role in our community and clearly defining standards of conduct. I'll be sure to let my friends know tonight that we don't have to get a designated driver, just make sure we report any accidental damage that may occur on our way home AFTER we sober up. Thanks for your outstanding service officer. I am proud to have you patrolling our streets and protecting the dignity of America! I can't wait to pressure the local government to give you a nice raise. This is a prime example of not only skilled police PR management, but interpretations of the law as well!

Kudos BPD!

Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty

Does Bloomington PD have a written departmental policy/procedure for handling investigations of alleged offenses occurring within the department's jurisdiction and involving sworn personnel?

Robert Neville
Robert Neville

Bob Wall is a man of honor and has been an exceptional police officer in our city for many years. He has worked hard to fight crime and help our city in many ways. He has worked his way up in our Police Department to become one of our Asst. Chiefs and we need to stand by him. I am shocked at these vultures that want to attack and destroy Bob and just throw him under the bus. He reported the accident? He voluntarily took the breathalyzer test? He "voluntarily" reported something that they would not have known about otherwise. It sure doesn't sound to me that he was hiding anything. He could of set there and backed up traffic. "IF" he had been under the influence he would not of reported the incident at all because no one would of noticed. So this is another reason why Bob was not impaired. The average motorist probably would not of even reported it. In fact if Bob was an average citizens many of you vulture bloggers would be yelling police brutality! Shame on the Pantagraph for putting this on the front page to demonize one of our cities finest!!!

KPRSOX
KPRSOX

Well said Mr. Neville.

757702MR
757702MR

Sorry Robert Neville, but the excuse that he did not want to back up traffic is just wrong. The pole fell back onto Ireland Grove Rd and blocked the entire right lane. And he had to report it because there was trail of fluid that most likely led to his driveway. I only followed it for about half a mile.

You are so wrong. The average citizen would have called and reported from there. Why did he call from home? He didn't volunteer for the breathe test, he complied hours later when the officers returned. The pole backed up traffic and was a hazard to other motorists , another reason the call should have made from there, not when he got home. Bob is not an average citizen, he's the assistant police chief and should be held to a higher standard. As soon as the average citezen said Ive had a few, a sobriaty test would have been administered immeadiately. They wouldnt leave and come back later and do one.

ct
ct

He reported it later because he knew they could not pin a DUI on him, and it was too risky to not report it and risk someone seeing or reporting something.

StreetGlide
StreetGlide

He left the scene of an accident. Don't think for one moment this was not noticed by someone. You get out of traffic, then you call to report it. If you don't have a cell, go to the nearest phone. Poor judgement at the least. What a joke, typical for this town.

Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty

An Assistant Police Chief who isn't carrying the department issued cell phone everywhere he goes sure isn't going to be effective in the event of public emergency when his boss may need to get in contact with him.

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Riggyman88
Riggyman88

Wrong! If this was a random person...they would have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Nickyle
Nickyle

I'll be interested to see the next follow up article on this. Hopefully it will include a timeline of events as they were logged from the Police report and police call log. Things like what time the call was made from Mr Wall; what was the time of the actual accident; What time any 911 calls might have been received reporting a utility pole in the road; What time the Officers were dispatched; What time they arrived at the residence to investigate, time they left, time they returned at the station; What time they went BACK to the residence, time they arrived again at the residence, time the tests were actually administered, etc... Just the facts, nothing to be implied or assumed. Innocent until proven guilty and all that. Then it would be interesting to see an interview with the bartender. perhaps that's part of the ongoing investigation? How many/few drinks were purchased/consumed over a specific time "several hours ago". Interviews with other guests/witnesses Mr Wall was visiting with their observation/opinion on his state of sobriety when he left to get in the vehicle. Etc... All these things would then be able to corroborate Mr Walls recollection of the evening and could put to rest and disprove any negative, unproven, misconceptions of the incident.

ct
ct

They won't put that amount of money and time into a basic investigation - filling out paperwork. Any lawyer could create enough doubt or get most of it thrown out. In this special case there may be a look into his night to make sure he wasn't involved in anything crazy like a dog fighting ring drinking party that would be made public later showing their was no background investigation done.

That is the point of leaving the scene. It breaks the official evidential timeline and ability to reliably test for alcohol. It is while the leaving the scene law is written the way it is and why the penalties are so high, to force you to comply and submit to the evidential chain.

He still will have some expensive fines, and lawyer, but no DUI.

QuietStrength
QuietStrength

The amount of people that believe (and further read into) everything they read disturbs me. Papers put sensationalism to work when they write so-called stories in effort to sell more papers. News media, in general, follows this philosophy, and media spin (defamation) is why there are literally billions of dollars worth of lawsuits against media outlets binding up courtrooms across the country.

Writing on behalf of anyone who knows this person, Mr. Wall is extremely professional when it comes to representing his Department and his position. Mr. Wall has more than earned the respect that community and organization leaders bestow upon him, and he has excelled in his roles to serve, support, protect, and represent the City of Bloomington.

When it comes to addressing some of the cheap shot, quick-to-judge remarks that have been made here, I will say that although Mr. Wall is extremely proud of the position that he has earned, he never spouts-off at the mouth about being the chief someday or wanting to be the chief, but rather he is guilty of being too humble for the nation-wide credentials he has earned, the amount of community leaders that show him trust and respect, and the number of citizens he has helped throughout his career. Anyone who knows Mr. Wall knows he does not "party," and he certainly does not operate his vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

The Pantagraph missed the mark when it ran such misguided information on the front page. Due to there being an internal investigation, which is standard procedure for any officer within any department, I know, when the truth about what actually took place is presented, it will not only make those who have suggested there is a cover-up feel childish and irresponsible with their words, but also it will certainly draw a retraction and apology from The Pantagraph. For those of you that choose to take the low road, justifying you made such comments based upon the lack of information The Pantagraph provided its readers is no excuse.

The citizens of the City of Bloomington should be proud to have upstanding men and women, such as Mr. Wall, serving and protecting them. The same citizens should be disappointed its hometown paper made a mountain out of an ant hill.

ct
ct

The officer knew what he was doing.
He knew exactly how to avoid the DUI, he nails people and attends regularly training to nail people - rightfully so.

Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty

Right on, ct. His subordinates did not issue tickets that night, and why not since he obviously went off the road and then left the scene? Appears as if they didn't know how to handle the mess.

Then they said they could smell alcohol but he passed the field sobriety test...ummm he couldn't keep his vehicle on the road and forgot he was supposed to remain on scene didn't that tell them something about his sobriety as to whether he needed to be arrested for dui and given a breath test. Is that a competent call. Officer discretion should not have been a factor in this case. Higher standards should apply when a sworn officer is involved, especially a commanding officer, and he should have submitted to a breath test.

greenoak
greenoak

I do not know Mr Wall but I hope he will get treated the same way all others would that left the scene of a crime, he knew better to do that which is why soo many people believe there is something behind it all, its not a matter of jumping to conclusions, its common sense.

barneyP
barneyP

Quiet Strength, very well said. Mr. Wall is outstanding professional citizen. The Pantagraph should be ashamed of placement of this article and when the truth is revealed hopefully you blast your apology front and center as well!

Nickyle
Nickyle

I don't think ignoring the laws would be considered Professional in any job. Let alone the Police Dept, who are SUPPOSED to uphold the laws. The truth could have been revealed at that day and hour, had he stayed on the scene and let it be handled like the laws dictate it should. Instead, he created this swirl where the truth is unknown and people are wondering and speculating. Reap what ye sow......

barneyP
barneyP

quiet strength very well said!

Munchkin55
Munchkin55

Assistant Chief Wall is a very well trained police officer. He should of never have left the scene of an accident. Any normal citizen would be charged. Police officers should set an example of upholding the laws. They took an oath and should uphold it! No matter what the rank of the officer or the department he comes from. There are too many arrogant officers in all the ranks.

HeyKaz
HeyKaz

Can all the bla-bla-blather, folks....Walls left the scene of an accident. If field sobriety tests were administered (objective) was not a blood alcohol test (subjective)?? Believe it's a matter of the police protecting their own. And, bottom-line, the Pantagraph owes NO ONE an apology!!

Rural reader
Rural reader

I have known Bobby since he was a kid. Did he make a mistake, yes, but how many of you have? People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.....

ct
ct

The issue is that this officer used his knowledge of procedures to avoid a DUI that the department loves to hand out.

Many people use various tactics, but since he works in the chain, it is going to cause notice.

Rural reader
Rural reader

ok my car was hit in a hit and run. I went home and didn't realize that there was any damage on the passenger side of the car until I got home. I called the police when I got home. Did you read about in the paper, nope.....if he wasn't Asst. Chief you would have heard about this until it went to court if not then. Was he drinking yes, was that his motivation for leaving who knows. But I am not a cop nor do I play one on tv, but let us remember he puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us. he has family too, when you trash a person, and question his ethics you question his family. There are too many people who for their own reasons will jump on the anti cop band wagon.....The pole will be covered by his insurance. Let the man be, you were not there nor was I that is all on Bobby, but would he really risk his career for this .....NOPE.....it is in his blood to serve and protect, should he have left the scene nope, probably not....but again that is on him you are not the judge and jury ......let the man be......as at the end of the day ....he is a man and human!

ct
ct

The reason he left the scene was because he didn't want to risk his career.

Accidents and mistakes happen; no big deal.
The issue here is that the officer used his inside knowledge of police procedures to game the system and avoid a DUI. His boss then stalled on the investigation, something he is obliged to keep up on as part of his public service.

The sad reality is officers of the law have often abused the citizens in a legal system stacked against them. So when they see that officer work the system and avoid the same punishment, go figure it's going to irk some nerves.

Had I ever written an expensive ticket for a guy for not using his blinker, I'd expect him to get hot and bothered if he learned I escaped a rightful DUI.

barneyP
barneyP

Really the next time you pull out of your driveway maybe this great Pantagraph can have a headliner story of you hitting your mailbox. Sounds news worthy, better call CNN

Nickyle
Nickyle

So your saying that Joe Citizen hitting a mailbox has the same news interest/value as the Asst Police Chief jumping a curb, knocking down a utility pole into a busy street and leaving the scene of the accident? And the local newspaper should give them the same attention? Even Don Knotts would have figured that one out.....

TBL
TBL

Wow I read the title on this article and was mad. THEN I read the story, now I'm not even sure why this is news. He hit a pole, went home and called to have a report taken. Ok by the law he was supposed to leave hit name, address, ect, on the pole before he left. Really? Who's going to find it? Do you know how many people hit deer, drive home and call for a police report to be taken? The deer are property of the Illinois Dept of Natural Resources. I hear of people waiting to report hitting them until the next day (some probably after they've sobered up). I can't believe this is a story, much less front page news...

(625 ILCS 5/11-404) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-404)
Sec. 11-404. Duty upon damaging unattended vehicle or other property.
(a) The driver of any vehicle which collides with or is involved in a motor vehicle accident with any vehicle which is unattended, or other property, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property shall immediately stop and shall then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle or other property of the driver's name, address, registration number and owner of the vehicle the driver was operating or shall attach securely in a conspicuous place on or in the vehicle or other property struck a written notice giving the driver's name, address, registration number and owner of the vehicle the driver was driving and shall without unnecessary delay notify the nearest office of a duly authorized police authority and shall make a written report of such accident when and as required in Section 11-406. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary. If a damaged vehicle is obstructing traffic lanes, the driver of the vehicle must make every reasonable effort to move the vehicle or have it moved so as not to block the traffic lanes.

ct
ct

Incorrect.

I recently battled in court over a similar incident, only a deer jumped on my car and I drove home. He could also get failure to file a report.
The officer knew what he was doing by going home, because then it breaks a good chain of evidence for an alcohol test that his lawyer could easily fight.

The threshold for an 'accident' is $500 in damage to your vehicle. You are suppose to immediately report to the nearest station that will accept an accident report or call the police if you are unable. You also get time to seek medical attention, but anyone drunk isn't going to the hospital as they'll report it.

Your IL section is valid, but it also references a set of sections that all must be followed. Your specific section is only if you damage someone elses property and not your own vehicle.

Jose
Jose

Did Wall stop? No.
Did he contact anyone from the scene? No.

Why should Wall NOT be held to standards expected of any reasonable citizen? I guess he too is "above the law"?

Machrophobic
Machrophobic

What about the pole blocking traffic? What about the pole? As usual we get the kind of government we deserve. This is the #2 guy in charge of public safety?

Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty

Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. His activities that entire evening are likely on numerous security cameras...or were, before Friday afternoon. I find it suspect that it took his chief nearly two days to review the crash report and decide it "may" need to be reviewed by the state's attorney. I'd speculate it took that long to gather videotapes from the establishment he had patronized as well as cameras that likely caught the crash and any other damaging evidence to see what they had no choice to admit to. It's commonly referred to as damage control.

barneyP
barneyP

Miss Kitty,
You should watch another episode of CSI get real

Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty

barneyP (did you create that profile specifically to defend Bob Wall) the difference is on TV's CSI they would have collected the videos and completed the investigation in a matter of a few hours, it wouldn't have taken until Friday afternoon...real life takes real time. Then you're stuck with reality...got to charge him with something cause there was a real pole, real damage and potential real witnesses.

goneriding
goneriding

All this is one of the good old boy's he's fighting crime and he's good to the core he's upstanding and he hole's him self to the high's standard's .NOT/ JUST SMARTER the next time you hit something just leave go home wait eat a pizza wait till the next day then go and report it then you can see what happen's.Hope you got a good lawer so when you get to court you can bring this up.Well sorry your going to have to pony up pay the fine but Not this gay and if you don't beleave me go try it and you can tell us what happenGOOD LUCK

ct
ct

I went through the same experience, only for me a deer jumped out on my car.
Unhurt I wanted to go home rather than wait in the dark for a cop to fill out paperwork.

In the end it was almost four thousand dollars in fines and fees, plus another grand for a lawyer. They wanted jail time, heh. As my grandma keeps joking, she didn't know deer could press charges!

goneriding
goneriding

Hay ct hope they fire him or pull 5 grand out of his pocket in fine's fair is fair thank's for your comment

justnotrite
justnotrite

First of all, it is no secret that Mr. Walls likes his drinks...a lot of them! Second, any sober driver that jumps a curb and hits a pole would stay till cops arrive. No reason to leave...none what so ever. I can't believe the comments defending him on this matter. Nice guy maybe but made a BIG mistake and he should be held accountable for it. He knows exactly why he left the scene. IF he would come forward and admit to what happened, he might earn some respect back. He has none now.

PerceptionIsNotTruth
PerceptionIsNotTruth

He doesn't care about respect....That's obvious....He's still got his salary, retirement and position...The laws are just for the rest of us....

RebelDiablo
RebelDiablo

You are so right Justnotrite! You should of heard the Mayor on WJBC rambling on about not taking sides, but taking sides! LMAO! What a goof !! He actually said that Walls should be treated "liked everyone else", Well, if Walls was treated like everyone else Mayor Goffball, he would of been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident like everyone else.. and I'm quiet certain he would of failed his breathalizer test. I'd sure like to know how much alcohol he consumed and where he consumed it! By the way, where was his cell phone and or/portable 2 way radio?As a salaried exempt employee, is he not subject to be called to emergencies 24/7? Mayor, I think the citizens of Bloomington expect our police officals to held accountable to a higher standard of conduct.They enforce the law and are expected to "set the example" by complying with the law. Your inane comment on WJBC was typical you. You sat there, on the air, saying you werent taking sides, and then you said personally speaking, you didnt think Wall did anything wrong. Your logic always frightens me pal. As for the Chief, you have lost the confidence iof the citizens of Bloomington. efforts will be made to replace you as you show poor judegment and poor leadership.

ct
ct

While I agree he skirted the law, and did it on purpose more than likely, he would be treated the same as he is now.

The reason the coppers go so apenutz about leaving the scene is it messes with any evidence. That is why the penalty for leaving the scene is just about the same as DUI accept for the breathlyzer and 6 month auto suspension.

This is why he left, because the DUI is so draconian, anything else is better.


Technically they could have given him failure to file a timely report which is just a fine, but the ticketing officer can decided to not write that ticket.

Nickit
Nickit

To substantiate that Walls didn’t have his phone, the investigation should check into his cell phone records to check to see if it was pinging off of other towers in the area that might be different than maybe one close to his home. Also check to see if he made any calls to anyone else off of a cell phone/home phone before he called in the report. I’m guessing that his phone is a police issued phone so the records of that phone should be available. A personal or home phone records would have to be subpoenaed. Also it’s interesting to see that his superior had his phone on him while traveling. You would think an Assistant Police Chief would always have his phone on him. Part of the job!

ct
ct

unlike NCIS might have you believe, the phone company nor do most any phones keep up to the minute logs of your cell tower pings and location.

you can find a phone in real time, and its possible although doubtful to hold up in court to show data from the phone showing location information at the time needed.

plus if you are talking about a single tower ping, since he was in town and driving home, he would be on the same tower as he was during the accident whether his phone was home or in the car.

the law states, regardless of phone, that you have to immediately proceed to an accident report center / police station or request such.

peni1234
peni1234

Who gets drunk by 8pm? Does this guy have a drinking problem? What are the odds that him diddling around on his phone was actually the cause of the accident? This looks very much like the po po trying to cover for one of their own.

Woodhouse
Woodhouse

It appears that the Pantagraph is now suppressing information, pulling comments from the newer article, and silently disabling additions of new ones. We will just get that information over here.

Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty

This is an extremely serious matter and begs to be handled in a manner that Mr. Wall gets help and is not allowed to remain in denial. The butterfly effect resulting in the handling of this matter if far reaching. From every officer in the department to every citizen in the county. This doesn't just effect Mr. Wall, though it will have the most profound effect on him.

My significant other was involved in crashing into a parked vehicle late at night after he'd departed a liquor establishment. He could easily have fled the scene, there were no witnesses, no one around. He pulled into a well lighted area to search for his phone which he lost in the crash and while searching the police pulled in. He received a DUI because his BAC was .10 and he will tell you that DUI arrest likely saved his life. It was the best thing that could have happened for him at that time in his life. Sometimes what appears to be a bad thing is actually a good thing. He accepted full responsibility for his actions that night and he harbors no ill will toward the officers who arrested him.They did their job very well.

Michelle23
Michelle23

It's not what ya know bit who ya know! He was toasted and got away with it. Hopefully next time he won't.

Michelle23
Michelle23

*but*

Honeybeetwo
Honeybeetwo

This is not right, this officer got by with this. If this would've been any other person in this town other than a police officer we would've had to take a breathalizer test and if over 0.8 would've been taken to jail. I am so tired of the police in this town covering for each other. I wish someone in that dept had the balls to do the right thing. The first officer to smell alcohol should've requested a breathalizer! Just another PO covering for another PO. Then wonder why no one trusts or respects them.

chuck u farley
chuck u farley

You're right, no where did it say he was dui but the officers and one being a Sgt I must remind you said they smelled alcohol. I am a well respected business owner in this community and employ several people at my company. I just finished doing 6 months yes six months on the county work release program for driving on a suspended license. No criminal history but since there are MANDATORY MINIMUMS in this state I had to pay for my suspension. I will be following this to the end. Thus will not be a story that goes away in my book. There are consequences for your actions. I had to do six months for a driving offense with no victim. You may think this guy had no victim either but what about the power company who has to replace the pole. you people say that's what insurance is for well that's what causes premiums to go up and we pay for it so the community is the victim. This man left the scene of an accident let's see to it that he pays the consequences.

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