Corrections officer faces weapon, DUI charges after Lisle crash

 
By Mary Chappell
Daily Herald correspondent
Updated 9/14/2019 7:55 PM

An Illinois Department of Corrections officer is facing charges after police found a loaded firearm and alcoholic beverage in his car at the scene of a crash, officials said.

Lisle police responded at 4:56 p.m. Friday to the crash at Ogden Avenue and Arbor Circle, where they found Donald Williams, 46, who smelled like alcohol, according to a news release from the DuPage County state's attorney's office.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

During a search of the car, police found a tumbler with ice and strawberry vodka, plus a loaded 9 mm firearm on the floor behind the driver's seat, the release said. Upon investigation, police discovered Williams' FOID card had expired, and his concealed carry permit had been revoked.

He was charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and a misdemeanor DUI, the release said. His bond was set at $10,000; he posted bail and has been released while his case is pending, according to the DuPage County sheriff's office website.

"If the charges against Mr. Williams are proven to be true, then under the law, Mr. Williams had no right to be in possession of a firearm," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. "What makes this case particularly troubling is that Mr. Williams was allegedly under the influence of alcohol while in possession of a loaded weapon."

Lisle Chief of Police David Anderson also offered a statement: "This is a great example of observant Lisle police officers and the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office working together to make our roadways safer," Anderson said.

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