A north suburban police chief has been placed on paid leave after being involved in a car crash and subsequently charged with driving under the influence.
"The reports of the events of March 30 are inconsistent with his service to and history with the Village, its community organizations and civic groups," Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor said Friday in announcing the suspension of Matt McCutcheon.
The 46-year-old was driving with his wife last Friday in Kenosha County, Wis, when he collided head-on with another car. There were no injuries.
After the crash, McCutcheon reportedly told a deputy that he had been at the Twin Oaks restaurant in Wilmot where he’d had three vodka martinis before getting in his car.
McCutcheon’s loaded 9mm pistol was taken from him at the scene of the crash and he was taken into custody for a blood-evidence draw at Aurora Hospital in Kenosha.
McCutcheon will be on leave from his position until further notice.
"For 20 years, Chief Matt McCutcheon has been dedicated to the safety and security of our Village. During this time, his standard of performance has been exemplary," Rhett said in a statement.