Supervisor for the Independent Police Review Authority arrested by Chicago Police for DUI

From the Chicago Tribune:

A supervisor for the agency that investigates Chicago Police misconduct who was pulled over early New Year’s Day had trouble following directions and fell asleep in the back of a squad car when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to police.

George Roberts, 50, was arrested at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, according to Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Ana Pacheco. Roberts was driving a black 2007 Chevrolet Trail Blazer when he was pulled over in the 1500 block of East 85th Place, according to a police report.

According to Larry Merritt, spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority, or IPRA, Roberts is a supervisor for the agency. The agency is referring the matter to the city’s inspector general, Merritt said.

South Chicago District officers saw the Blazer pulling out from a parked position into oncoming traffic near 8800 South Stony Island Avenue and turned on their squad car’s sirens and lights to try to get the Blazer’s driver to stop, according to the report. The Blazer swerved in and out of the center lane while heading north until 85th Place, where the driver turned left without signaling and started going west.

The Blazer stopped in the 1500 block of East 85th Place, and when the officers approached, the driver, later identified as Roberts, opened the SUV door and the officers “smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage,” according to the report.

When the officers asked Roberts if he was all right, and he didn’t answer, they ordered him to get out of the SUV, according to the report. Roberts, who had glassy, watery eyes, had trouble getting out of the SUV and staggered, then had slurred speech, stuttered and appeared confused when officers spoke to him.

Roberts had trouble following instructions, failing to walk to the back of the SUV when officers told him to, and several times putting his hands in his pockets even though he was told to keep his hands up, according to the report.

At the scene, Roberts told officers he had left a nearby bar after having two rum and Cokes, according to the report.

Roberts refused to undergo field sobriety tests, and the officers put him in the back of a squad car. In the back of the car, Roberts lay down and fell asleep, according to the report.

When a police wagon came to take Roberts to the South Chicago District station, the officers saw he had “soiled himself” in the back of the squad car, according to the report.

At the station, Roberts again refused to take a sobriety test, and refused to answer questions.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Roberts was cited with driving without insurance, failing to use a turn signal and failure to keep in a lane. Police said he was also cited for pulling out of a parked position.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, please note that this officer refused all field sobriety tests, including a breath test.

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