Illinois state trooper pleads guilty to DUI while on duty, prosecutors say

Chicago Tribune

April 12, 2016

An Illinois State Police trooper who authorities said was intoxicated when he responded to a crash on Interstate 88 last year pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence, according to Kane County prosecutors.

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Trooper Paul Zurn, 34, agreed to a sentence of one year of court supervision in exchange for a guilty plea to misdemeanor DUI, according to a news release from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office. Judge Robert Morrow accepted the plea.

According to prosecutors, Zurn responded to a minor traffic crash Aug. 22, 2015, on I-88 near Farnsworth Avenue in Aurora. At the scene, Zurn “was observed by other troopers to be unsteady on his feet, and a bottle containing alcoholic liquor was found in his squad car,” according to the news release.

Zurn refused to submit to a portable breath test and standardized field sobriety tests and also refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, according to the release. As a result, his driver’s license was suspended for one year by the Illinois secretary of state’s office.

 

Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2016, “Illinois state trooper pleads guilty to DUI while on duty, prosecutors say”, http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/crime/ct-state-trooper-guilty-of-dui-0413-20160412-story.html?platform=hootsuite

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