HARRISBURG POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED BY ISP; CLARIFICATION: SUSPENDED BY CHIEF
HARRISBURG—Neighbors of a now-former Harrisburg police officer reported to Disclosure at 5 p.m. 06.19.12, they’d seen the man arrested and seated in the back of a waiting Illinois State Police cruiser—and turns out, they were right.
Former Harrisburg police officer Brent Stanley, who’s been with the force for the past 14 years on and off, was arrested this evening after results from a March 7, 2012 blood draw showed that he had been allegedly driving DUI-drugs on that date.
Reports of Stanley’s erratic and somewhat dangerous driving were made to authorities on that day, and he was apprehended and taken to the local hospital, where blood draws were performed. According to authorities, there were at least six different types of drugs found in his system on that day, which resulted in today’s DUI charges, and the arrest affected after lab results were official today.
Our sources indicate that Stanley had spent a lot of time OFF work for various workmen’s comp (on the job injury) claims, and had become dependent on painkillers. Sources said Stanley had been given the opportunity to go to rehab several times, but never took that opportunity.
The results of this were that, again according to sources, Harrisburg police chief Bob Smith SUSPENDED Stanley’s employment today upon learning of the lab results and subsequent arrest, removing Stanley’s gun and badge as well. Our sources indicate that Smith cannot FIRE Stanley; only the merit board can terminate his employment, but Smith does have the authority to get Stanley’s gun and badge removed.
Interestingly, Stanley happened to have been present on the day Winifred Moss was arrested on grand jury indictments in 2010, about 30 minutes before officials arrived to execute the warrants. There was heavy speculation at that time that Stanley was hanging with the wrong crowd, as the Mosses made it well-known that Stanley resided in their neighborhood and was a frequent visitor at their place.
Official press information is expected to be released tomorrow morning about the current charges; keep checking back for updates.
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