Attorney Robert Hanlon has taken and filed a copy of the deposition of McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke in the license plate case. It is attached to Hanlon’s latest motion in the suit.
That suit, in civil court, charges that Zinke improperly ran the license plate of the car a 50-something female Hanlon process server was driving while delivering subpoena to his front door at 7 PM one night.
Zinke ran from his front door in his stocking feet so he could jot down the license plate number. (See “Shoeless Zinke Gets Caught Running Elderly Woman’s License Plate.” It turned out the elderly woman was the car’s owner and was not the one who served the subpoena. That was her daughter.)
Here is what Hanlon pulled out of the deposition transcript about Zinke’s motives in his latest motion:
- “I wanted to know if the name was familiar to me” (Ex A Page 53)
- “…I wanted to find out what she was doing.” (exhibit A Pg 18, lines 23-24) (the “She” referencing the person delivering the subpoena.)
- Additionally, ZINKE acknowledged that he was not aware of the commission of any crime when he was served with the subpoena. (See Exhibit A (ZINKE Deposition) as Exhibit A page 20 lines 1-6) [a requirement for a law enforcement officer to use the State’s LEADS data base]
In reply to the possibility that Zinke may have been pursuing a lawful use, Hanlon points out,
ZINKE’s behavior was the key to connecting his running Plaintiff’s plate in context, not as a law enforcement officer, but as a petty childlike actor that was having a tantrum over being served with a simple subpoena.
Zinke is being sued under the Federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act.
Hanlon has experience in that law, having sued the Operating Engineers Local 150 on behalf of local clients.