A police officer has been accused of reporting a nonexistent bar fight to emergency dispatchers, apparently in the hopes of diverting another officer from arresting him on DUI charges.
Sean Dailey, 33, an officer with the Chicago Police Department, was off-duty when he was stopped by another officer in northwest suburban Niles for speeding and failing to stop at a red light, CBS Chicago reports. Cook County prosecutors say Dailey admitted he'd been drinking after identifying himself as a police officer, but resisted the arresting officer's suggestions that he call a cab to get home.
Instead of calling a taxi service, Dailey apparently called 911, and reported a rowdy fight involving 50 people at a nearby bar, hoping his arresting officer would be called to respond, which he was, according to the Chicago Tribune. The officer was informed that there was no fight while en route to Here's Cheers on West Oakton, and returned to find Dailey had left the scene, apparently in his own car.
The calls from the dispatch center were traced to Dailey's cell phone, and the 11-year veteran of the police force was relieved of his police powers and assigned to a desk job while the Chicago Police Department's Internal Affairs Division investigated the matter, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Dailey was arrested for a second DUI in Niles more than 10 months later, and was sentenced to court supervision.
Dailey was charged with disorderly conduct in court Wednesday, though authorities didn't release details explaining why he wasn't charged for over a year in the 2011 incident. He was released from custody Wednesday after posting 10 percent of his $10,000 bond.