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.

(29) comments

The Unforgiven
The Unforgiven

It is good to see that Chief McKinley is keeping nobody, even those in his inner circle, 'above the law'. If this were in Chicago, it would have been swept under the rug. But the fact remains that only two officers traffic violations from BPD have been published recently. I wonder what the actual officer traffic violations statistics are.

RebelDiablo
RebelDiablo

Please don't be so naive. The field sobriety test is subjective and only the officers on scene and the Assistant Chief knows how well it was done. They could of done it by the book, they could of given him a lot of leeway, or they could of really stretched the truth just to help the asst chief out. As a former PO, I've seen it done all three ways. Your comment about Chicago is ridiculous and you have no fact to back that up-just because you say it's so doesn't make it so. I grew up in Chicago and lived there for many years as an adult, and I'll tell you this, some downstate politicians and policeman make many Chicagoans look like choirboys. It's not Chief McKinley keeping "those in his inner circle above the law", it's been the pressure brought forth by the citizens of Bloomington and City Manager Hales response to this incident. The Mayor said on WJBC that he personally felt the Asst Chief did nothing wrong,and then he said out of the other side of his mouth, that it was not his job to take sides. Chief McKinley is supposed to be a leader- he should of ordered his men to to a breathalyzer on scene.

I don't buy the claim that he did not have a cellphone and/or portable radio with him and that he had to go home to report the incident. First of all, I'm sure that he is required to have one of those communication devices with him at all times. Secondly,Veterans Parkway is a major thoroughfare and he should of waited on-scene because some other motorist would of reported it since it was blocking traffic. Third, the old, " I'm going home to call and report the accident to the police" is an old school excuse that intoxicated people use to get out of DUI charges. What these people do is that when they go home. they call in and report the accident, then they claim that they are upset and they take several drinks out of a bottle of booze.So, when they are asked to take a breathalyzer test or blood test, they claim their BAC level is high because of the alcohol they drank at home when thy called in to report the accident and that they were not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

The Asst Chief left the scene of the accident which was on Veterans Parkway and posing a hazard to other traffic. He should of been arrested for that just like any other citizen. Instead, Chief McKinley did nothing and now the problem has compounded . I'm not a David Hales fan, but the only one who did anything right with this debacle was David Hales. Now it's damage control- have an outside agency investigate which means we the citizens have to pay for it because McKinley did not do his job. Seems to me McKinley should be dressed down for his lack of leadership.

ct
ct

>" I'm going home to call and report the accident to the police" is an old school excuse that intoxicated people use to get out of DUI charges. "<


That is why the leaving the scene charge is pretty much equivalent to a DUI nowadays. If you don't have a really good reason and are not a cop with friends, you likely be going to jail.

ct
ct

You mean by conducted his super secret third party investigation that no one can no about and that the third party will only do what they are told, heh.

You don't have to 'fail' a field sobriety test to have probable cause for a blood or breath test. Just the fact that he admitted to alcohol use and was involved in a self caused accident is plenty of probable cause.


The guy knew what he was doing by leaving, and by waiting.
Even if he wasn't drunk and it was an honest accident. you can still be given a DUI for below .08 with circumstances like clobbering a telephone pole. You only have to blow a .04 which a beer or easily two would register.

Had this been a commoner, they would have more than likely been arrested, and at the minimum breath tested and taken to the ER for blood tests.

RebelDiablo
RebelDiablo

Yes indeed CT. I was going to say that too ! Like I said, I am not a Hale fan, never was and never will be and my comment was a backhanded compliment to him for reaching out to a third party to do an investigation. The Mayors comments, Chief McKinley's negligence , and the public's outrage at the OBVIOUS forced Hales to turn this over to a third party agency. Your last comment is spot on!

JPason
JPason

Doesnt the law require that his vehicle be impounded. why wasnt his vehicle impounded like the other 3000 cars a year that get impounded for ridiculous reasons.

JPason
JPason

impound his car so he has first hand knowledge how it is to deal with the schmucks at the towing company and their outrageous prices

chuck u farley
chuck u farley

They would just give him a discount or not charge him at all. All of these idiots are in bed together

chuck u farley
chuck u farley

They would just give him a discount or not charge him at all. They are all in bed together

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

This stinks to high heaven. I find it interesting that Davey Boy is backing down from his original statements to the media. Suddenly now nothing more will be said until the fox raids the hen house he is supposed to be guarding.

mahometman
mahometman

Are we really surprised that nobody trusts the police? I am sure they will do a thorough investigation of themselves. :)

Keglar
Keglar

No one trust the police because they are bullies and cowards. Protect and Serve, what a joke, they only protect and serve their fellow officers. There needs to be an investigation of the whole department, there are officers on the force that have no business carrying a gun with the severe anger issues they have, that have been indicated of crimes that a citizen would have been jailed for, yet they walk free and continue to be allowed bully the citizens that pay their wages.

I'm sure there are honest police officers, but not near as many as there should be.

chuck u farley
chuck u farley

The citizens should sit outside a few bars and start monitoring the attorneys and prosecutors and judges that come out and drive after a night if drinking. Justice works two ways

WalterK
WalterK

Come on Pantagraph! Keep digging! Go! Go!

Old fashioned reporting ought be able to find some witnesses (if there are any). I mean 8pm on Sunday ain't exactly "rush hour". More details on the accident, like did the pole get knocked over or did he just slide into the grass? What kind of pole, light, street sign, electrical?

I think you would be able to stake out the police and the asst. chief to see the what, when, who, etc.

RebelDiablo
RebelDiablo

Walter, are you kidding? The pantagraph, like WJBC, is not intrested in digging into the facts. Both news agencies are liberal and take their instructions from City Hall. Case in point, they removed the coment section of a previous article on this incident because the Mayor was severly taken to task for his comments made on WJBC. Anytime Stockton is challenged, poof, the comment section disappears!

Dewitt County
Dewitt County

You all sound like bitter fools who can't keep yourselves out of trouble. Get a life. Before you run your mouth, no, I'm not a police officer. I am a normal everyday citizen who chooses not to get in trouble and I support all of our emergency services!

chuck u farley
chuck u farley

What if this guy killed someone then went home. Would u support him then. Didn't happen this time but if we allow this to go unanswered and he don't learn from it, the next time it could result in a death. What if it was your family member who was the victim would u still support him.

Woodhouse2
Woodhouse2

The vehicle should have been impounded. By admission, the officer detected the smell of alcohol.

As of today, this information is also not available through the Mclean County Circuit Clerk public access system. These records, or lack thereof, are and should be public knowledge.

Ask yourself why.

Realize that had this been you, the only person investigating this for you, would be your public defender or attorney, and a judge. Not the Chief of Police, on your behalf.

Nickyle
Nickyle

I was surprised at this vague tidbit in the article.... Hit the pole ".... about 8 p.m. He reported the mishap a short time later..." It will be intersting to see the factual timeline that this all occured. It will also be interesting to see if there were any 911 calls reporting the pole in the street and compare that to the official police report statement of what time the accident occured. These would be varifyable facts. And why would the outside agency investigating this be a big secret? I would think it would be the State Police? Don't they have statewide jurisdcition?

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

My old boss used to say that "bad news never improves with age." Chief McKinley, who I have the greatest respect for, needs to provide a 1) a time line of events from when his asst left where he was drinking 2) to the time he started for home 3) to what time he hit the pole 4) to the time he called and reported the accident 4) to the time the first two officers got to his house to take an initial statement 5) to the time of the second visit directed by the chief to conduct the field sobriety check 6) to the results of the field sobriety check. This should be very defining as to the asst chief's status. THEN, Chief McKinley must come clean with the public with what his actions will be. The asst chief has to be held to a standard and if this is allowed to be prostituted then the Mayor on down thru the city manager to the chief and to the asst chief SHOULD RESIGN. They will have lost their support from the very population they have sworn to protect. I hope Chief McKinley does what is right and holds his asst chief to the same standard his officers hold the public to. Thus far, it doesn't appear to be heading in the right direction.

Crybaby
Crybaby

Pantagraph: October 05, 2012: 4:45 pm: Chief McKinley quoted as saying:

' The circumstances of this incident are not going to lead to potential termination.'

Martin
Martin

It is all a cover up. The responding officers should be fired for not requiring a breathalyzer. and then 4 hours later conducting a "field test" without taping it. These officers should be fired immediately because in my opinion they are part of the plot. . The Chief should be suspended for sending two subordinates to investigate in the first place, and the assistant chief should walk without any charges because they have no evidence he didn't suffer a minor concusion and became disoriented, and the only property damaged was his own vehicle.

Luckycharm
Luckycharm

Well 3 tickets minus 1 DUI = Employment, Pension, etc.... I'd say Walls was pretty smart b/c he clearly faired better leaving the scene and taking the 3 citations than getting 1 DUI which could have/would have resulted in loss of his job. He's no dummy.

RebelDiablo
RebelDiablo

The Mayor and Chief of Police made the mind up early that nothing was going to happen to Walls. They don't care what the public thinks- they, the officials, are above the law and we the citizens must obey the law. Go to a City Council Meeting sometime and see every single one of those jackals(except for Judy Sterns) thumb there nose at the what the citizens of Bloomington want. Oh, they say they want communities opinion, but they say that with smirks on their faces. One councilman in particular, openly complains that he has to comply with the Open Meets Act and that this law impedes his networking with other communities. The arrogance and special privileges mentality trickles down from above in this city's government, and it's about time that it stops. The Chief of Police should of immediately contacted the Illinois State Police to request a squad be sent to the scene, and the Assist' Chief should of been suspended pending the adjudication of any DUI charge and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charge.

Ja87
Ja87

I really don't see where you feel the need to fire the two officers there that's a stupid comment. There is protocol and he agreed to do field sobriety without argument. It's not like he told them no I won't cooperate. They are doing their job and I'm sure you wouldn't want them coming to your work telling you to do their job. They have supervisors just like you, if you have a job. I know there are good ones and bad ones but that's not just in police work. Have some respect for a difficult situation that a superior put them in. Yes, asst chief was in the wrong but get over it! It happens anywhere and to anyone. Stuff happens, move on! Luckily and thankfully no one was hurt in this and at least he called and said yes I did it, yes I had a few drinks. There are many people who just leave AND people are hurt in the process. Yes it is fishy that he didn't have his phone that he is supposed to have but everyone makes mistakes. This was his. Move on.

chuck u farley
chuck u farley

Hell no, there isn't an option to just move on. A crime was committed and there will be consequences for his actions

RebelDiablo
RebelDiablo

Move on? MOVE ON? Come now, you must be kidding ! If this was the average citizen, no one would be "moving on'! You must be one of those people who think that "certain people" get special treatment! Well get this sunshine- the Assistant Chief, because of his position SHOULD be held to a HIGHER STANDARD! He should be SETTING THE EXAMPLE anD the Chief of Police should of shown leadership, which HE DID NOT and both should be dealt with, which THEY PROBABLY WILL NOT, because this CROOKED MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL doesn't give a rats patoot. Now if that was a rank and file police officer who did what the Asst' Chief did, no doubt that officer would be dealt with like any other citizen or worse. But this is the Assist Chief,,,- he has special accomodations ya know!! He will get three tickets, a small price to pay, but he will keep his job and his pension. He should be fired,-period and the Chief should be right behind him. Other Chiefs have have been fire for much less,,,

Ja87
Ja87

If this was an average person you wouldn't be hearing about it so much. I certainly don't think he should get away. Did I say that in any way. NO! I didn't! You read what you want to read and take the res out of context. I am not supporting his actions but everybody makes mistakes and his will come in the end. I am talking about people putting blame on others who were doing what they were told. That's it. Don't go blaming everybody for this one persons mistakes. And that's exactly what you're doing by blaming mayor city council and others. Focus on Wall's mistakes. That's what I was talking about. You are darn right I'd be first in line to get justice if they killed someone or my family but the fact is he didn't and that's what was good out of this and you better believe I know people who have hit someone and ran off and didn't call and fess up. All I said was at least he did.

Ja87
Ja87

Supposed to say know of people* and suffered serious consequences

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