Champaign says cop convicted of DUI not 'working on the streets'
MONTICELLO — A 43-year-old Champaign police officer who admitted driving under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to 18 months of court supervision.
Piatt County Associate Judge Rick Broch on Tuesday confirmed the sentence for Brian Gallagher of Monticello that State’s Attorney Dana Rhoades and defense attorney Roger Simpson of Monticello had agreed to at the time Gallagher pleaded guilty last month.
Gallagher, a sergeant on the Champaign Police Department, was arrested Sept. 18 by the Piatt County sheriff’s office. He pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to misdemeanor DUI, but Broch only confirmed the sentence Tuesday after Gallagher brought his alcohol evaluation to court.
Such reports are standard in DUI cases.
Gallagher has not been working for the city since Jan. 2, according to Champaign Human Resources Director Chris Bezruki.
Bezruki declined to use the term "fired," saying only that Gallagher is appealing a decision about his employment status that was jointly made by City Manager Steve Carter and Police Chief Anthony Cobb.
Cobb did not answer an email inquiry about Gallagher’s work status, but department spokeswoman Rene Dunn did, saying “the department can confirm that Brian Gallagher is not currently working on the streets.” She referred further inquiries to Bezruki.
“He’s still under appeal. We consider it personnel and we can’t comment,” Bezruki said.
Piatt County State’s Attorney Dana Rhoades said a motorist on Interstate 72 called police on Sept. 18 to say a pickup truck was weaving back and forth in the eastbound lanes. About 9:30 p.m., the deputy stopped the truck just west of the White Heath exit.
She said officers said Gallagher had slurred speech and an odor of alcohol. After doing field sobriety tests, Gallagher was arrested for DUI.
His breath-alcohol concentration was 0.26 percent, more than three times the limit under which motorists are presumed intoxicated in Illinois.
Rhoades said the deputy noted there was an adult passenger in the truck who also appeared to have been drinking and that there was open alcohol in the truck.
As part of his sentence, Gallagher was ordered to drink no alcohol, submit to random alcohol screenings, attend a victim impact panel, perform 100 hours of public service, and pay $2,690 in fines, fees and costs by March 12, 2013. Rhoades said Gallagher has already completed an inpatient treatment program.
Rhoades said Gallagher has no prior criminal convictions.
Gallagher has been with the Champaign Police Department since July 1993.