BLOOMINGTON — Details of an outside agency’s review of a traffic accident involving Bloomington Assistant Police Chief Bob Wall will be kept under wraps until a final report is issued.
Wall notified police Oct. 3 that he had struck a pole at Veterans Parkway and Ireland Grove Road about 8 p.m. He reported the mishap a short time later from his home, which is close to the accident scene, according to Police Chief Randy McKinley.
Three traffic citations were filed Thursday in McLean County Circuit Court against Wall for leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle damage, duty upon damaging unattended property or vehicle, and improper lane usage. In a news release Friday, McKinley said two tickets had been issued.
He did not return calls from The Pantagraph on the Wall investigation.
City Manager David Hales said Tuesday that an outside agency would conduct a review of the incident and details would be made public after final arrangements were made for the review.
But the city apparently changed those plans.
On Thursday Hales said the name of the agency, along with what the agency will review and what, if anything, the city will pay for the work will not be disclosed until the report is complete.
“They will be looking at what we ask them to and that’s between us and them right now,” said Hales.
The city also is finished answering questions about the Wall incident until the unidentified agency issues its findings.
“I think there will be a time and place to give a final summation and an opportunity to respond to final questions,” said Hales.
In addition to the traffic citations, Wall’s conduct is under scrutiny in an internal investigation, McKinley said last week.
Department policy requires officers to avoid conduct on and off duty which would reflect adversely on the department, and it says they have a higher degree of responsibility than other citizens to report crime and accidents.
Among the issues likely to be covered in an independent review is how police handled tests to determine if Wall was intoxicated after the accident. In conversations he had with officers on his way home from Chicago the day of the accident, McKinley advised officers to conduct field sobriety tests on Wall after officers reported a slight odor of alcohol on the assistant chief.
McKinley said Wall voluntarily took and passed the tests, leaving no probable cause for a breath test.
Wall is due in court Nov. 6 on the traffic citations.