Monday, April 14, 2014

Officer James Stewart Arrested for DUI

 Springfield police officer James Stewart, a 15-year-veteran of the force, was arrested for driving under the influence early Saturday morning while off duty, according to a press release issued by the city Monday.

    Officers responded to a disabled vehicle in the 1600 block of Stevenson Drive where they saw Stewart behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    Stewart was arrested for DUI and taken to Sangamon County Jail. He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of both the criminal and internal investigation, the press release stated.

    “The police department takes these allegations seriously, and it is an unfortunate situation,” Chief Kenny Winslow said in a statement. “As officers we are held to a higher standard. I remind you that Stewart, like everyone else, is entitled to his rights under the law.”

    Stewart’s lawyer, Dan Fultz, said Monday his client is concerned about the allegations and asks the public to let the investigation run its course.

    Stewart works in the field operations division.

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