Bloomington assistant police chief Bob Wall was cited for Improper Lane Usage and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident following a Wednesday night crash. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington assistant police chief Bob Wall has been ticketed for leaving the scene of a crash he had while off duty.
Police Chief Randy McKinkley said his office conducted an investigation of the Wednesday night crash. He reportedly struck a pole on Ireland Grove Road with his personal vehicle at about 8 p.m. He suffered minor injuries.
McKinley says Wall called the department to report the accident and then left the scene.
McKinley said Wall admitted to having a couple of drinks earlier in the evening but he passed a sobriety test. He was also cited for improper lane usage.
"I feel bad for Bob. He had an accident," McKinley said. "I think he fells, 'Gosh, I wish I would have stayed there and maybe this wouldn't have been as bad as it is. But he didn't and so we had to deal with that."
McKinley says he could review the incident further next week to determine possible disciplinary action.
McKinley addressed concerns raised by some that the citations weren't issued for more than 36 hours after the crash.
"People had questioned why he wasn't instantaneously issued citations, that happens all of the time in traffic crash investigations. Sometimes there's more to dig into and when we're done we issue the citations," McKinley said.
The charges are pending review by the McLean County State's Attorney's Office.
Wall has been with the Bloomington Police Department for nearly 20 years. He was unavailable for comment.
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