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Cop deserves tickets!!!

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
September 23, 2010

This morning's paper carries a story about one of Island Lake P.D.'s finest who chased a speeder, according to the reporter's story, "past Prairie Grove Elementary School, likely at speeds between 80 and 90 mph". That would have been about 8:05AM on a school day.

The chase continued to Route 31, north into McHenry, through the jog of Route 31 at Route 120, and into the Meijer's parking lot. Then out of the lot and west on McCullom Lake Road, past Harrison Elementary School and into Wonder Lake, where the offender was finally stopped.

Island Lake Police officer David Walz said his "lights and siren were on the whole way." How nice. Was his brain working?

"My average speed was probably 80 mph." Not likely.

And about near-misses and close calls with accidents? "We came close several times, but fortunately we didn't have any collisions with anybody."

I'll tell you - Chief William McCorkle ought to have some heavy explaining to do to the Island Lake Mayor and the Village Trustees. His back ought to hurt after standing at attention for hours in front of Mayor Herrmann.

And Walz ought to be facing disciplinary AND traffic charges. There are times when you abandon pursuit, and that was one of them!

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