156 DUI Cases Dropped Due To Cop's Alleged Lying
Officer Accused Of Falsifying Police Reports For DUI Suspects
CHICAGO (STNG) - The Cook County state's attorney's office has dropped more than 150 DUI cases in which indicted Chicago cop John Haleas was the arresting officer, officials said.
In all, 156 misdemeanor DUI cases have been dropped, said John Gorman, a spokesman for the state's attorney. In some of the cases, non-DUI charges against the defendants remain, he said.
Haleas, 37, faces felony charges of perjury, official misconduct and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying and falsifying reports about a DUI arrest in April 2005. According to a grand jury indictment, Haleas falsely reported he gave a defendant various field sobriety tests.
Haleas also has been sued in federal court by a man he arrested.
Haleas worked out of the Grand Central District. When questions about his arrests arose last year, the state's attorney's office dropped about 50 cases and said about 500 were being reviewed.
The Schaumburg-based Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists honored Haleas three times as the police officer with the most DUI arrests in Illinois. He has been stripped of his police powers and is scheduled to appear in court April 25.
(Source: Sun-Times News Group Wire Â© Chicago Sun-Times 2006.
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