Riverside cop charged with DUI

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By Bob Uphues

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A Riverside police officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay after he was charged by Downers Grove police on Dec. 23 with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Josh Teune, 28, was off duty when he was pulled over by police about 2:15 a.m. at 55th Street and Western Avenue in Westmont. A Downers Grove police officer reported seeing a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee weaving within its lane of travel and reaching speeds as high as 55 mph in a 35 mph zone while heading eastbound on 55th Street.

During the traffic stop, Teune identified himself as a Riverside police officer and refused to submit to field sobriety tests and a breath test.

Downers Grove police charged him with one count of DUI. He was not issued any traffic citations, according to the Downers Grove police report, "as all the traffic violations occurred in Westmont."

In a press release issued on Dec. 24, Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel announced that he had placed Teune on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

"When a law enforcement officer breaks the law, it is extremely disappointing," said Weitzel. "We are held to a higher standard in the eyes of our community. I expect more from village of Riverside police officers every day. Bad behavior combined with irresponsible decision-making will not be tolerated at RPD. If you break the law, you have to suffer the consequences."

Weitzel said Teune would be relieved of his police powers while he's on leave. He said he couldn't comment on any possible disciplinary action at this time. The outcome of the DuPage County court case could factor into the discipline meted out.

"He'll be disciplined," said Weitzel. "What that'll be, I can't say."

The suspension makes a thin manpower situation in the Riverside Police Department a little thinner.

With Teune out, the department is down three police officers. Deputy Chief John Krull retires next week, and the department has been down an officer since August, when Officer Edwin Ruiz resigned.

A new officer will start the Illinois State Police academy in January, but won't graduate from the program until April, after which he'll take part in three months of supervised field training.

This story has been changed to correct the action taken against the police officer. He has not been suspended, he has been placed on administrative leave. A suspension would be a disciplinary action.

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Matt on Madison  

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 1:33 PM

Sam, if you were to drive 55 in a 35 and then when pulled over acted drunk and refused to take an alcohol test and then I looked you up on Facebook and 100%(not, 50% or 75%) of your pictures you had a beer bottle in your hand what conclusion should i come up with. Also he took down those pictures. Good job Josh.

sam  

Posted: January 15th, 2013 1:32 PM

Matt- you need a life if you are looking him up on facebook. Thats all.. like i said before people have lives out side of there work..... so if ppl see pic of me drinking i should also be judge too....... just bc ppl drink when they are with there friends should not be looked down uopn

Matt on Madison  

Posted: January 9th, 2013 12:50 PM

John, Drinking is not illegal but after you've been arrested for it and might lose your job common sense says you should take those pictures down. And I am not from Riverside so I am unaware of the history of DUI in Riverside that you make reference to.

John  

Posted: January 9th, 2013 11:37 AM

Matt:drinking is not illegal.Regardless of how many pictures show you doing it.What is illegal?Drinking and driving.And when you participate in dui stings that"ruin"other folks lives,that makes you a hypocrite of the highest degree.We all know of Riversides history of DUI enforcement.Some justifiable,most not.

Matt on Madison  

Posted: January 9th, 2013 10:58 AM

Sam, don't get me wrong i am all for 2nd chances and i've made a few mistakes in my life. My point was to the people that said he did nothing wrong and should still remain on the force. And lets be honest if 100% of the pictures you have on your facebook account have you drinking for the public to see and you don't take them down then your just plain stupid.

Sam  

Posted: January 8th, 2013 5:13 PM

Just bc u saw a couple pic on his Facebook it doesn't define how a person is, People have a life outside of work. Did he make the wrong choice to drive yes and he probably going to pay for it that was his career and he has to live with the consequence. Just bc he is a cop and got a DUI you guys are slamming him but I've bet majority of you guys have got behind the wheel w a couple drinks in you. Yes he is cop, a cop that mad a bad decision but we r only human we r not perfect

John  

Posted: January 7th, 2013 9:15 AM

Greenie: they are easy enough to spot .That big black stain on the gravel,change pan ,old filters,bottles and cans,etc.no flag needed.

Matt on Madison  

Posted: January 7th, 2013 8:52 AM

Please he was going 55 in a 35 and didn't blow he automatically loses his license under state law. Also why was my comment taken down that indicated that this guys Facebook page showed him drinking in every photo?

John  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 7:28 PM

Refusing to submit to a breath test is grounds for automatic suspension.Maybe chief can make this guy walk his beat around town.Cant harass folks as much without that prescious patrol car and actually earn his paycheck.Heck he could even offer his services,babysitting local children and picking up litter.

Mike from Riverside  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 11:13 AM

Weitzel immediately throwing his guy under the bus.....he'll be disciplined. A great comment to make the day after this incident occurred. Innocent until proven guilty - remember.

John  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 11:12 AM

Scriv: Ruin someone's career?you've got to be kidding.Put you're self in this guys position.You Think you're getting a pass?No blankin' way.These suburban thugs have made a living "ruining"other folks lives.The hypocrit flashed his badge,looking for a "favor".That says it all.

Scriv  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 10:40 AM

Police officers know better, i agree, innocent until proven guilty. Just because some new cop in DG wants to make a name for himself doesn't give him the right to try and ruin someone's career. Can't wait for this garbage case to be thrown out.

Woody from Chicago  

Posted: January 4th, 2013 7:59 PM

What happened to our rights?Innocent until PROVEN guilty?Public opinion means nothing until the facts come out. The same BS is going on in FL with the T.Walker death. The public had him on death row before that guy was even arrested.i don't see this country ever going back to the morals and fundamentals it was founded on.God HELP us all!I'll bring the fire, you guys find the witches.

DOUG from RIVERSIDE  

Posted: January 4th, 2013 6:51 PM

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO MMMMMM?

Mary Dunn from Chicago  

Posted: January 4th, 2013 11:40 AM

NOT SURPRISING! Thank God Downers Grove Officer's still belive in Serving and Protecting their community not like other's who say " I am a police officer" and let them GO! The community of Riverside should have a say so on this Officer's Administrative Leave (VACATION)!!!

John  

Posted: January 4th, 2013 11:15 AM

The house of hypocrits seems to be in much disarray.

Stupid People  

Posted: January 4th, 2013 10:59 AM

Facts people!!! Each village requires an officer to also follow a set of rules called "General Orders," I would bet my huge tax bill in Riverside that there is something in those orders that he violated. :) Gotcha!!!!! See Ya Later.

Sam  

Posted: January 4th, 2013 10:16 AM

If you read the article he did not blow so there for they can not fire him until he goes to his court hearing and is proven guilty.

matt on Madison  

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 1:08 PM

To Chief those comments are assinine. Based on what you are saying no one should be locked up before there court hearing. He was going 55 in a 35 and another officer thought he was drinking. That is serious enough to make sure he does not have contact with the public till the charges are investigated and he has his day in court. If found guilty i'm sure he will be fired but until then a leave of absence is the right thing to do.

To Chief  

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 12:45 PM

Chief, there is the concept of "innocent until proven guilty" isn't there? So you are already assuming that one of your officers is guilty and publicly saying that he is going to be disciplined, no ifs ands or buts? Has your department already investigated this officer's actions and determined discipline is necessary? What happens if he is found not guilty? Or better yet, if it is found that no actual evidence that he was intoxicated and the case tossed out for no reasonable grounds?

Tom Palka from Berwyn, Illinois  

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 12:01 PM

I'd sure like to be on "administrative leave with pay"...also known as vacation.

slogo from Riverside  

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 11:34 AM

Where is the mug shot and Nixle Alert? For the second time in the past few months, one of Riverside's "finest" was busted. We have an attrition problem due to misconduct. At least the DGPD enforced the law instead of exercising the same sort of "professional courtesy" that let Officer Ruiz slide. Quit stroking yourself, Chief. The community doesn't hold your staff to a higher standard. Living up to the same standard that the rest of us are held to would be a huge improvement.

A DUI?  

Posted: January 1st, 2013 11:17 PM

Why would he be suspended with pay? Doesn't make sense to me.

mc from Riverside  

Posted: January 1st, 2013 10:29 PM

I would highly encourage the current President and Board to be all over this situation of making sure our police are properly staffed. There is nothing more concerning than the citizens feeling that their police department is considerably understaffed! What gives? Lets not forget some high profile drug busts that occurred in our town. I would like to see the board much more proactive in getting the department up and running to 100%.

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