Lake County sheriff's deputy facing perjury charges

Authorities say he lied during hearing about DUI case

  • Justin Hill

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Updated 5/10/2017 6:45 PM

A Lake County sheriff's deputy has been indicted on three counts of perjury alleging he gave inconsistent testimony in a driving under the influence case.

Justin Hill, a sheriff's deputy since 2014, faces up to five years in prison if found guilty of the felony charge approved Wednesday by a Lake County grand jury.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A $10,000 arrest warrant was issued for Hill after the indictment, authorities said. The 28-year-old Kenosha resident later turned himself in at the sheriff's office and was released after posting bond.

The charges stem from testimony Hill gave Nov. 2 during a summary suspension hearing in a DUI matter, authorities said.

"It was discovered there were inconsistencies with Hill's testimony which potentially resulted in perjury," the sheriff's office said in a news release Wednesday.

Deputy Chief James Elliot of the sheriff's Office of Professional Standards investigated the matter, and Hill was placed on administrative leave and relieved of his police powers, authorities said.

The results of the investigation were turned over to the Lake County state's attorney's office, which presented the evidence to a grand jury.

According to an earlier Facebook post by the sheriff's office, Hill was sworn in as a deputy in September 2014 after previously working as a court security officer.

He is due back in court May 18.

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