by The Chicago Times Staff

May 31, 2021

MOLINE, IL — According to Illinois State Police, an alleged drunk driver struck an Illinois State Trooper’s vehicle last Monday in Moline.

The ISP sergeant had completed a traffic stop and was parked on the shoulder of the road with his emergency lights flashing when a green Jeep crossed the white fog line and crashed into the rear driver’s side of the car.  Dashcam video of the incident shows the Jeep, driven by Matthew Scherer, 55, rolling several times after colliding with the ISP cruiser.  According to police, both drivers were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

“ISP Troopers across the state put their lives on the line every day to keep our roads safe . . . These crashes are entirely avoidable, and I urge the public to avoid endangering the lives of others by making responsible decisions behind the wheel; always drive sober and move over when approaching a stationary vehicle on the side of the road,” said District 7 Commander Captain Jason Dickey.

The driver faces several charges, including Scott’s Law, driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving.

A person who violates Scott’s Law commits a business offense and faces a $10,000 fine for a first offense, according to police.  If the violation causes another person to be injured, the violator’s driver’s license will be suspended for at least six months.