Chicago Police Officer arrested for on-duty DUI

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

An on-duty Chicago Police officer was charged with DUI on Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a police station in the Southwest Side Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

Dale Jesionowski, 53, was driving a police vehicle around noon in the 8th District police station parking lot at 3420 W. 63rd St. when he struck a curb, according to a statement from Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

An on-duty police lieutenant witnessed the crash and had a conversation with Jesionowski, who was charged with one misdemeanor count of DUI, police said.

Jesionowski, who is assigned to the 8th District, has been relieved of his police powers while Internal Affairs investigates, police said. “These allegations are serious and the district took appropriate steps,” Guglielmi said.

Off-duty Chicago police officer arrested in suburban Cook County

From ABC 7 news via WLS:

A Chicago Police officer was charged with driving under the influence after a May 12 incident in north suburban Northfield, police said.

Sean Lynch, 30, was also cited for excessive speeding and illegal transportation of alcohol. He is scheduled to appear in a Skokie court on June 16.

According to Northfield police, Lynch was stopped after he was observed speeding on northbound Interstate 94 at about 3:15 a.m. His Ford pickup was traveling 92 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

As police attempted to pull Lynch over, an officer observed Lynch’s truck speeding on an exit ramp and losing control of the vehicle, causing it to fishtail and then stop at Willow Road.

The Northfield police officer noted that he smelled a strong alcohol odor and that Lynch mumbled and slurred. The officer also saw an open can of Miller Lite beer on the front center console.

Lynch failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. After being charged, Lynch was released on $2,000 I-Bond.

“You have a right to an attorney” – but will you actually get to talk to one?

According to the Chicago Tribune, Cook County Chief Judge has issued an order requiring the Chicago Police Department to provide suspects with access to a lawyer upon arrest.  However, the mechanics of how this will work in reality were left murky.

Until this order, when a person is arrested, they are advised of their “Miranda rights” which includes the right to an attorney.  But this is a mere formality; the police will usually encourage the arrestee to “make it easy” on everyone by “explaining” what happened “so you can get out of here.”

Usually, when I get a call from someone that his or her relative has been arrested, it becomes a race for me to get to the station before the “explaining” starts.  If I call up the station to tell them not to question my client until I arrive, I will be told that the “detective is busy right now” and he or she will get back to me “when they get a chance” (i.e., after my client has confessed).

So I was gladdened to see the headlines about Chief Judge Evans Order requiring access to attorneys.  In my mind, I envisioned a public defender or two getting a space at each Chicago Police Station (like the State’s Attorney have) and getting the opportunity to interview and advise each arrestee.  Of course, I also imagined that this would not go over too well with the police, who have no interest in having lawyers interfering with their cases and preventing confessions.

But I am concerned about the lack of implementation in the Order (which I have not read).  According to the Tribune:

But the success of such an order may ultimately depend on the cooperation of Chicago police, who in the past, say legal aid officials, have been reluctant to grant suspects phone calls or give attorneys access to suspects while they’re being questioned.

A Chicago police spokesman said Tuesday the department has agreed to post signs with a phone number for “free legal services” in arrestee areas and outside interview rooms but did not comment on questions about granting phone calls to those in custody.

Posting signs is not much of an improvement.  They are almost certain to go unnoticed.  On the other hand, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli is quoted as saying, “I’m going to make it happen — this is way too important. This is groundbreaking,” she said. “I could have every lawyer do (a rotation) if I don’t get the funding.”  She is an aggressive advocate, and I am convinced she will work hard to provide representation.  But this will be a battle, because I expect that without an Order specifically stating what “access” entails, the PD’s office will face resistance from the CPD.

What do you think?

Expect Heightened DUI Patrols Super Bowl Weekend

Police reports are gearing up for an expected uptick of drunk drivers this weekend.

From the Chicago Police:

The Chicago Police Department is conducting DUI Saturation Patrols in the Wentworth (2nd) and Near West (12th) Districts this weekend. The DUI Saturation Patrol in the Wentworth (2nd) District will commence at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 and end at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The DUI Saturation Patrol in the Near West (12th) District will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and end at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
The Illinois State Police will be out in force as well:

The Illinois State Police Department says they are increasing patrols for super bowl weekend to crack down on drunk drivers.

State troopers will also be on the lookout for speeding seat belts and distracted driving.

Public safety officer Sean Ramsey says you won’t just see state police out on the highway.

“We can be on the interstate, state routes, in town,” Illinois State Police Trooper Sean Ramsey said. “So really they have the latitude to go where they want. Where they think that these violations may be occurring.”

The Cook County Sheriff has also announced that it will be conducting heightened efforts:

Cook County Sheriff’s Police are scheduled to conduct enhanced patrols this weekend, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Sheriff’s Police are conducting countywide DUI enforcement patrols today, Saturday and Sunday nights. They will also be on the lookout for those violating seatbelt laws, today, Saturday and Monday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct special traffic patrols this Super Bowl weekend, cracking down on alcohol-impaired drivers, drug-impaired drivers, and those not wearing their seatbelts.

Buffalo Grove police will be out in force this Super Bowl weekend, cracking down on seat belt law violators and alcohol and drug-impaired drivers.

Department officials announced the beefed up patrol efforts last week, reminding residents, “If you plan on drinking alcohol while cheering on your team, pass your keys to a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins.”

The initiative coincides with the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Other police departments will be out as well.  Please be safe and don’t drink and drive!

Chicago Police to do DUI Saturation Patrols this Weekend in Wicker Park, Logan Square and Chicago Lawn

The Chicago Police Department has announced DUI Strike Force Saturation Patrols this weekend.

From their website:

The Chicago Police Department will be conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol in the Shakespeare (14th) [this is Wicker Park and Logan Square] District this weekend. The DUI Saturation Patrol will commence at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 and end at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations. Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators.

In addition, the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with Driving under the Influence (DUI) prior to transporting an alleged into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows for Individual Recognizance Bonds (I-Bonds) to be issued at the site of the DUI Saturation Patrol. For More Information Click Here

and

The Chicago Police Department will be conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District this weekend. The DUI Saturation Patrol will commence at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 and end at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations. Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators.

In addition, the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with Driving under the Influence (DUI) prior to transporting an alleged into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows for Individual Recognizance Bonds (I-Bonds) to be issued at the site of the DUI Saturation Patrol. For More Information Click Here

Chicago Police to conduct DUI saturation patrol Saturday night

From a Chicago Police Department Press release:

DUI SATURATION PATROL – JEFFERSON PARK (016th) DISTRICT

The Chicago Police Department will be conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol in the Jefferson Park (016th) District this weekend. The DUI Saturation Patrol will commence at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016 and end at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations. Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators.

In addition, the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with Driving under the Influence (DUI) prior to transporting an alleged into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows

for Individual Recognizance Bonds (I-Bonds) to be issued at the site of the DUI Saturation Patrol.

It should be noted that last week’s “saturation patrol” in the Albany Park District yielded only one DUI arrest.  Is it a waste of time and money?  What do you think?

Chicago Police DUI Strike Force to conduct Saturation Patrols this weekend

From the Chicago Police Department website:

DUI SATURATION PATROL– Shakespeare (014th) DISTRICT

The Chicago Police Department will be conducting a DUI Strike Force Patrol in the

Shakespeare (014th) District this weekend. The DUI Strike Force Patrol will commence at 6:00

p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016 and end at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers

that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place

emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations. Police vehicles equipped for

speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding violators.

In addition, the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow

officers to expedite the process of charging a person with Driving under the Influence (DUI)

prior to transporting an alleged into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows

for Individual Recognizance Bonds (I-Bonds) to be issued at the site of the DUI Strike Force

Patrol.