SOUTHERN ILLINOIS POLITICIANS IN CAR WHEN DRIVER STOPPED FOR DUI
FRANKLIN CO.—The criminal charges are hitting close to home for at least two southern Illinois politicians who should know better by now than to constantly pal around.
It just looks bad.
Early yesterday morning (12:28 a.m.Friday, August 24), Mitchell J. Schaben 24, of Dunlap, Iowa, was stopped while allegedly speeding on Illinois 37. The stop occurred at Marcum Branch Road; Schaben was driving a 2009 red Cadillac and was pulled over by an ISP trooper.
He was ticketed for not only speeding, but DUI. Reports don’t indicate what he blew, but he did (always a bad idea; NEVER blow; take the summary suspension for 6 months and there’s no evidence in the end) and the BAC apparently read over the legal limit. He was transported to the Franklin County Detention Center and processed. He posted $300 bond and was released.
A fourth person in the vehicle was not identified….a questionable enough circumstance in and of itself without the fact that two of our pain-in-the-ass politicians were present.
The official story is that they were all having dinner at the resort at Rend Lake, all pre-state-fair oriented, and yes, the driver/field organizer for Phelps’ campaign may have been drinking, but “didn’t feel he was impaired” and opted to drive.
Apparently, he was impaired enough as far as the state boys thought.
This has caused all kinds of embarrassment for the politicos, as they most likely can usually get someone out of this kinda thing…but apparently this one was a little more than what even their sway had pull against.
Schaben is set for a hearing on September 25. Had there not been quite a bit of news coverage, it’d probably be a sure bet that at that hearing, the whole thing just might quietly “go away.” But it is Franklin County, after all…other DUIs have just gone away or been minimized to the point that folks ask, why is there even a law?
And of course, we may never find out who that mysterious fourth passenger was….unless someone decides to roll, especially if that person wasn’t supposed to be with one of the others…just sayin. It is Illinois, after all, where facts don’t lie, but legislators do.
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