43 days since Sycamore Police Chief “un-arrested” Elgin Police Department Mark Whaley for DUI. Keep in mind, it was almost a month before any of this information was even put out there which leads one to believe that they really thought it would just go away, unnoticed.
Video of the 1:40am traffic stop by Sycamore Police Officer Luke Kampmeier pretty much shows us an (allegedly) impaired driver who couldn’t remember what he’d told the police officer less than a minute before. That driver, Elgin Police Sergeant Mark Whaley appeared agitated when Kampmeier asked simple questions like “where are you coming from?” to which his answer changed from having just dropped off his wife and kid, to coming from training.. Once told he would have to get out of the vehicle, Whaley clearly states more than once, that he wasn’t going to or didn’t want to take any (field-sobriety) tests. Such a response by the average driver in Illinois would yield an instant suspension of your driving privileges. I also find it hard to believe that Whaley was unarmed. A member of Elgin Police Department’s SWAT team supposedly “coming from training”. Think about that one for a few minutes.
80 minutes after being arrested, Whaley was released with Kampmeier stating “well it looks like you’re going to be un-arrested”. Whaley got his personal items and left and one of the officers was ordered to take Sgt. Whaley home.
Nothing about this story surfaced for weeks. Not until April 26th, did anyone in Sycamore or Elgin learn of this until the Daily Chronicle published the story about Theriault being on an indefinite paid leave. 18 days. Even then it took weeks for Sycamore PD to release information via FOIA. By State Law, they have 5 days to respond to a FOIA request, and the ability to request another 5 days. By that time though, the truth was out there, just not being acknowledged. Clearly there was an over-step of the legal process by the Chief Glenn Theriault, not to mention the ethical issues but what we don’t know is who or what brought attention to it in the first place to make the City Manager place him on paid-leave during the internal investigation?
Then you need to think about the Elgin Sgt. who was arrested (or un-arrested!) for DUI in the first place. Was the Kampmeier wrong in making that arrest? Video evidence says no. If this was a headlight out, or just rolling a stop-sign, I could see a professional courtesy letting the officer go with a warning. Lord knows, it’s happened out there enough with another Elgin Police Officer.
Sources told Elginet that Elgin Police Officer Linda Williamson had been pulled over by Sycamore PD as well as Kane County and Dekalb County Sheriff’s office for excessively speeding and in all but one instance, she received that professional courtesy. One Sgt. however, decided enough was enough though and decided she would get a citation for doing 95mph in a 50 zone. The early morning hours of April 8th I would say more than warranted the stop (hearing Whaley on the Dashcam video) or…. they were sick of extending that courtesy again.
Regardless, answers need to be given. What’s happening to Theriault? Here’s what my money’s on.
Glenn Theriault is negotiating a golden parachute (Much like EPD’s Robert Beeter), in exchange for his resignation. Then in a month or so when things die down, he’ll turn up someplace like Rockford PD working with his old pal Dan O’Shea.
As for Whaley……he’ll probably get the same punishment handed to him, that was given to a U46 School Resource Officer Phil Brown years ago. A 1-day suspension.
Keep asking questions Sycamore and Elgin!