Tinley Cop Charged with DUI in Alleged Hit-And-Run
Tinley Park police officer John Leonard, 37, accused of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, has been charged with a Class 4 felony. He also faces drunken driving and driving with an open container charges.
Frankfort police charged Tinley Park police officer John Leonard, 37, with a felony hit-and-run charge, and issued citations for drunken driving and illegal transportation of alcohol, Frankfort police Cmdr. Robert Krause said Tuesday.
Leonard is accused of driving away after rear-ending another vehicle at LaGrange Road and Lincolnway Lane in Frankfort at about 1 a.m. May 1. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a Class 4 felony charge for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident on Friday, office spokesman Chuck Pelkie said Monday.
If convicted of the felony charge, Leonard could face one to three years in prison, although he could also be eligible for parole, Pelkie said. The passenger in the vehicle was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital.
Leonard turned himself in to Frankfort police on Friday night, where he was also issued traffic citations for drunken driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and illegal transportation of alcohol.
“Based on the charge there was an open container and evidence of open alcohol inside the vehicle,” Krause said.
More charges could await Leonard if results from blood and urine samples show his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit. Unfortunately, that will not be available until lab results come back, Krause said.
“It’s an outside entity. We have to wait for the state police crime lab,” he said.
Tinley Park police put Leonard on administrative leave following the accident. Police Cmdr. Steve Vaccaro could not immediately be reached Tuesday for comment on the charges, but previously said there is an internal investigation into the incident.