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.