Another Top DUI Cop under Investigation in Chicago

By Mary Ann

In Illinois, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office has moved to dismiss dozens of DUI cases. This surprising action came after a second Chicago police officer was accused of framing drivers to boost DUI arrests.

Nearly a year ago, another Chicago police officer was charged with perjury, official misconduct and obstructing justice.

Officer John Haleas was accused of failing to follow proper procedure during a DUI arrest in 2005. It was alleged that Haleas failed to perform field sobriety tests and lied in his police report of the arrest.

Cook County prosecutors dropped more than 50 DUI cases that were products of Haleas’ DUI arrests.

Haleas was honored on three occasions by the Schaumburg-based Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists as the officer with the most DUI arrests in Illinois. The criminal case against him is still pending.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Officer Joe D. Parker has been given a desk job at the station while an internal police investigation of the DUI arrests he made is conducted.

Parker, 59, is a 23-year police veteran and works in the Chicago Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office is also investigating Parker.

However, this is not the first instance in which Parker has been accused of making false DUI arrests.

In 2005, Parker reportedly arrested Vanessa Davis, a well-known blues singer who suffers from multiple sclerosis, for suspicion of DUI. After the arrest, Davis suffered severe anxiety, which caused severe medical complications.

Davis filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for wrongful arrest. Her lawyer claimed that because of the arrest she had to be hospitalized for a few days. The city paid Davis $100,000 to settle the lawsuit.

The current investigations into Parker’s conduct began after it was noticed his account of a DUI arrest on a police report was disproved by a review of the dash cam video from his squad car.

Wayne Jackson has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that Parker also wrongfully arrested him for DUI.

Jackson was driving home from work in 2006 when Parker pulled him over. He was given a field sobriety test and claims that he passed; however, Parker wrote on the arrest report Jackson was swaying and slurred his speech.

Jackson also says he passed a Breathalyzer test, but on the arrest report Parker indicated he had “attempted to circumvent” the machine.

Like Haleas, Parker was honored by the Schaumburg-based Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists for making 153 DUI arrests in 2006.

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3 Responses so far

Officer Joe Parker wrongfully arrested me this past October, and I am fighting the case. This situation has been so stressful for me and my family. I am a strong beleiver of ‘what’s done in the dark will come to light.’ I can finally see the light at the end of the tunel.

I got a dui (1st) in indiana ,my liscense is in florida do I just do what my plea deal in indiana wants me to do?

Responding to you, Marie, I aslo am trying very persistantly in pennsylvania to first expose with evidence that I was unjustly arrested for a 2nd DUI (jan 2009)after swerving to miss an animal on the roadway and subsequently rolling my car onto its roof (I was knocked out and came to hanging upside down from the seatbelt, very disoriented)…the DA and judge both laughed, as well as my $2500.00 defence council. I wanted to scream but then I’d be in contempt of an already corrupt court. I was made to take a blood draw with no mention of other possible injuries ?, I’ve been prescribed opiates for the previous 11 year due to a MVA in 98. The cop knew this and was determined to get his DUI bust. The whole procedure was manipulative and illegal . This county has many persons ‘in pocket’ whereas cops look the other way …it has ruined my life and in my late 40’s, not many if any oppourtunities to work (w/o a license?) as a certified med assistant. I also have a son who is a young autistic adult who lives with me…some people and things are very twisted for those of us who don’t seem to have citizen rights, Go after that sob. GOOD LUCK, my thoughts are with you.