Former ISP sergeant/task force cop hospitalized after cycle crash
EFFINGHAM CO.—Somebody needs to take Steve Poe off the streets before he begins taking others with him in his next traffic incident.
Weinie Effingham law enforcement authorities (headed up, of course, by ISP, as District 12 is located there and everyone does obeisance to the great state gods) have been letting Poe, retired ISP sergeant and drug task force agent of Louisville in Clay County, go on his drunken rampages for far too long.
Last month (05.20.10) Clay County law, which has no such compunction against Poe’s perceived ‘status,’ busted the man for chasing and threatening a motorist from the Effingham/Clay line down into Flora. Poe was drunk, armed with an automatic weapon, and driving in excessive speeds until he was stopped by Flora and Clay County law enforcement and charged by prosecutor Marilyn Brant. His charges resulted in the confiscation of his FOID card and weapons from his home.
But they didn’t get all of them, apparently—just like Louisville residents told Disclosure they didn’t.
Last night (06.18.10), residents of that town observed Poe driving a motorcycle haphazardly on 45 north out of town toward Effingham, where Poe goes to do his drinking.
One resident observed that Poe was not a motorcycle rider and if he continued, he would get drunk, get pissed, and crash that bike.
That’s exactly what he did. In a drunk-driving incident in Effingham County last night (06.18.10), Poe destroyed the bike—along with his pelvis—and was ultimately transported to Carle Hospital in Champaign with that broken pelvis and other serious injuries, which we’re hearing now in late reports involve broken fingers, a busted spleen, and blood on the brain. According to our sources, Poe was attempting to pass a motorist in Effingham and the bike went down, taking Poe up the highway sideways.
His blood draw in Effingham showed a blood alcohol content of .17. He also had on him a loaded weapon. He had already been relieved of his FOID card after the May incident.
Effingham law enforcement has long been giving Poe a pass. Even after the recent Clay County arrest, he was driving around (sans license; the Clay County courthouse has that, see partial at right), allegedly drunk as reported by several bars in Effingham and Clay counties (mostly Effingham, which is where he gets away with it) and with increasingly bizarre behavior.
He’s been thrown out of two bars where they know that part of his terms of bond is that he mustn’t consume alcohol. But at one Effingham bar, it’s been reported that he took a shine to a young girl working as a bartender, and attempted to outwait her in the parking lot one night just a couple of weeks ago. The girl stayed holed up in the bar, knowing it wouldn’t do any good to call the law since A) they would do little but maybe run him off which would B) make things worse for her the next night, and he finally went home.
But last night might bring a quicker resolution to all this insanity; not only is he sidelined now with serious injuries, thus preventing him from getting around, but he also violated two terms of his bond what with the DUI and having a loaded weapon on his person. One Thomas L. Smith, of Cowden, should be particularly pissed that this happened, as he’s the one who put up the $15,000 cash bond to extract Poe from the Clay County jail May 20. Since those terms of bond were violated, he’ll likely not see THOSE funds again.
Hurry out and get the current edition of Disclosure in Clay County at Needmore Store, Louisville; Price is Right in Clay City; Empty Pockets in Iola and Party House in Flora so you can read all the details of what local mainstream media wouldn’t print about the Poe incident in May; that way you’ll be fully informed by the time the July paper comes out with even MORE info on Poe, and this most recent matter, July 14!
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