First, to the individual who left the voice mail at my office, I did get it (although it is not likely he reads my blog). It was a lovely piece of work filled with invectives and scatological references.
Second, all the results of my office investigations are public record, so releasing a blood alcohol result (I should note that the release is only in response to request of the media, not in some sort of preemptive release) is action in accordance with the law.
I rarely get vitriolic voice mail with the release of investigation results. Apparently only certain cases fall into categories which certain individuals feel should be protected from public view.
The results were not released to harm anyone or their family or to denigrate anyone’s contributions to the community. The facts are that a driver of a motorcycle had been drinking and had an elevated blood alcohol. Yes it is my opinion (in agreement with Illinois law) that he should not have been driving with that much alcohol in his system. [I knew the DuPage County Deputy State’s Attorney who recently died while driving intoxicated and feel that releasing the results in her case was also the right thing to do.]
While my caller said releasing the blood alcohol results should also be exempt because it was a single vehicle crash, it is only by the grace of God that that was the case. I drive the street on which the crash occurred, as does my family, people I know and people I do not know, and I thank God no on else was injured or involved. I say this not to demean the gentleman involved, I know he was a very good police officer and a beloved family man. I pray for him and his family.
The facts are what they are. I hope there will not be any more crashes, no more lives lost before they have reached their full potential, no more family and friends mourning the loss of a loved one. I hope…
[FYI: Officials: Alcohol Played Factor in Officer’s Crash]