PeeWee causes another devastating accident
Billy “PeeWee” Darnell, whose age varies depending upon which court document you’re looking at but at most recent count has listings in Richland (where he’s been charged with misdemeanors) as 41 and in Marion County as 42, the punk St. Francisville city “police chief” who at last report had only a part-time police certification (meaning he can’t hold a full-time police job), was at it again last Friday night when a young man, Dillon Roberts, 18, was riding his four-wheeler past Darnell’s den of iniquity (residence). According to the Pee, the boy spun his tires in the gravel, which, of course, is a grievous infraction in PeeWee world. So the Pee gave chase—reportedly, in his souped-up police cruiser—and ran after the boy.
According to the sources with whom we’ve spoken, the chase reached some pretty high speeds, ultimately ending in Roberts losing control of the 4-wheeler and slamming into a pole on county road 600N.
These sources have also indicated that a nurse who was in the area and listening to the scanner went to see if it were a family member who’d crashed, and as a result, ended up rendering aid to the boy—since PeeWee wasn’t. This nurse reportedly asked the Pee, who was said to be sitting in his car talking on his cell phone, if he had any emergency supplies, to which the Pee responded “NO!” rather rudely, making no move to help the obviously-injured boy.
The nurse eventually found some rubber gloves in her own vehicle and was able to render first aid until an ambulance arrived.
According to sources, the boy’s injuries were grievous, involving serious head injuries. He was taken to Deaconess in Evansville, but the latest report we received was that his head injuries were so severe, even Deaconess couldn’t handle it, and he’s been moved to another hospital specializing in such a thing. The boy reportedly missed his graduation exercises last night (Sunday). As usual, there’s been no charges filed against PeeWee.
Not like there hasn’t been any precedent set.
When the Pee was first made a cop back in 1999-2000, he was always running his mouth about how he liked those “bad boys” shows that had those “high-speed chases” in them, and how he would “love to be in one of those chases!” Shortly thereafter, he had the opportunity, chasing a fleeing suspect across a bridge from Lawrence County to Vincennes, Ind. The suspect’s vehicle crashed, killing one occupant and permanently disabling the second. Nothing was done to the Pee at that time.
In the ensuing years, PeeWee was involved in a number of other chase-and-crashes. In many cases, Pee was observed exiting his vehicle and inflicting bodily harm on the driver or an occupant once the vehicle crashed. In a couple of these cases, the victim filed suit against Darnell. Nothing has ever come of any of those suits.
Why Darnell continues to be allowed to hold a badge is one of those mysteries of the ages. Primarily, it involves the employing agency (in this case it would be the village of St. Francisville) not following up. In one of the previous cases, however, it involved Lawrence County. After one of these high speed chases that ended in brutalizing the suspect, Darnell was prohibited from ever leaving the village of St. F limits again. At that time (2004) he was deputized and could run freely in the county; then-sheriff Dennis Bridwell took the extraordinary step of un-deputizing Darnell and disallowing him from operating in the county. However, he continued to do so after Bridwell was no longer sheriff in 2006. Things have been rather quiet in Pee-land since then, but on and off, he’s been involved in incidents like this. And nothing ever happens to him, despite complaints to the Illinois Attorney General, the Illinois Police Training and Standards Board, and other agencies.
What needs to happen now is for Lisa Wade, Lawrence County prosecutor, to convene a grand jury and determine whether this situation with Roberts needed to have happened at all…and whether Darnell should be held criminally liable especially in light of all the other crashes—and deaths—he’s caused.
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