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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 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, , 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.

Paul Dailing May 16, 2011 at 02:19 AM
You can read the full New Lenox police arrest report here: http://tinleypark.patch.com/articles/read-the-arrest-report-of-a-tinley-cop-charged-with-drunken-hit-and-run-in-a-government-vehicle We're still waiting for our Freedom of Information Act request for the Frankfort police report to be processed, but the plan is to put that one up too.
richard s February 07, 2012 at 09:58 PM
What ever happened to the former police officer? Sounds like a "great" guy.
SR April 21, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Couldn't agree with you more Kerri U. People commenting on here need to learn about forgiveness and need find something better to do than make nasty comments about John. I am sure if he could go back in time and do things differently, he would have. The weight and burden he has to carry for this for the rest of his life is punishment enough. Leave the man alone and focus on your own life.
frog1 May 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Forgot about this story then came across it after catching up on reading. Don't feel one bit sorry for Mr. Leonard. Nope. Leave Tinley please John. We can find another officer willing to be paid for doing a good job and one who knows how act appropriately on and OFF the job. Entitlement at its best is what happened here. Unreal.
Jayray July 02, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Leonard entitlement at it's best. Love how SR wants to slap everybody else's hand because no one should make any comments about Johnny Leonard but SR. Glad the judge was unmoved by Leonard's apology. Just more Leonard smoke.

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