The Center Square, which used to be the Illinois News Network, has obtained about a four-minute video of State Rep. Steve Reick’s getting into a State Police car, then sitting waiting for paperwork to be completed on his DUI stop.
You can view the video here.
The video footage or just still photos taken from it could be fertile fodder for a GOP Primary Election or a Democraitc Party General Election opponent.
The name of no potentijal opponent has surfaced.
The accompanying article is below:
Illinois State Police release video of state Rep. Steve Reick’s DUI arrest
Illinois State Police released audio and video of state Rep. Steve Reick’s arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol shows the lawmaker telling police he had too much to drink.
The video also shows that Reick said several times that he was a state representative. At one point, he mentioned that he had spoken to the arresting officer’s “boss,” State Police Lt. John Thompson, earlier in the day regarding Firearm Owner Identification cards, or FOID cards.
Reick asked not to be handcuffed, the video shows
Reick was stopped at the intersection of South Grand Avenue East and Eastdale Avenue in Springfield at 11:46 p.m. May 1, according to an Illinois State Police Report obtained through the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
After failing field sobriety tests, Reick took a preliminary breath test that showed his breath alcohol concentration was 0.146 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. The legal limit for driving in Illinois is 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. At one point, the lawmaker told the trooper he didn’t know what the legal limit was in the state.
After the breath test, Reick was booked into the Sangamon County Jail where he posted $3,000 bond. He was also charged with speeding and failure to signal when required.
“I made a stupid and regrettable decision last night and accept full responsibility for my actions,” Reick said in a statement released after his arrest. He has not commented further about the arrest.
The video corroborates previous police accounts of the arrest.
The trooper wrote in an arrest report that “Reick stated, ‘I have had too much to drink tonight, I will admit that.’ ”
“Reick stated that he drank a couple of glasses of wine,” according to the report. “I asked Reick where he was coming from and he stated a bar in Springfield. Reick also had bloodshot eyes.”
The trooper also reported that Reick smelled like alcohol.
Asked to get out of his vehicle, “Reick lost his balance when exiting the truck,” the report said.
“Reick stated, ‘I’m not going to say that I haven’t had too much to drink,’ ” according to the report.
Reick told police he had some sort of issue that affected his balance at night.