Off-duty Elgin police detective charged with DUI in St. Charles

  • An off-duty Elgin police detective was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence in St. Charles, according to a police report.

      An off-duty Elgin police detective was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence in St. Charles, according to a police report. Rick West | Staff Photographer/July, 2020

 
 
Updated 1/6/2021 7:49 PM

An off-duty Elgin police detective was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence in St. Charles, according to a police report.

Jessica Lori DeLeon, 43, was stopped for speeding just after 11 p.m. by a Kane County sheriff's deputy, the report said. The arresting officer said he pulled over DeLeon's white Nissan SUV at the intersection of Burlington and Empire roads for going 57 mph in a 45 mph zone.

 

The deputy said DeLeon appeared intoxicated, had slow and slurred speech, and had trouble answering his questions about how fast she was going.

When told she was stopped for speeding, she presented her Elgin Police Department detective ID and badge, according to the report.

The deputy said he could smell alcohol on her breath, though she denied taking any medication or consuming any alcoholic beverages.

DeLeon had to be asked five times to step out of her vehicle before complying, according to the report, and the deputy said she had trouble maintaining her balance once she agreed to get out. She also had "bloodshot and glassy" eyes and refused to submit to field sobriety tests, the report said. Once the arresting officer's supervisor arrived, DeLeon "admitted to drinking one drink," the report said.

Once taken to the Kane County jail, she was charged with DUI and speeding. The report says DeLeon was uncooperative with the jail staff and repeatedly refused to change into the jail uniform before ultimately relenting.

On the Elgin Police Department's Facebook page, Chief Ana Lalley said authorities were notified Monday that "an off-duty Elgin police officer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence in Kane County while in a personally owned vehicle. As these matters are taken seriously, the officer was subsequently relieved of duty and placed on paid administrative leave pending an independent investigation as required by Elgin city ordinance G24-20."

When reached by phone, Public Information & Community Outreach Manager Kristie Hilton said the department had no further comment beyond the Facebook post.

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