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Off-duty Algonquin police officer arrested for DUI, crash in McHenry was nearly three times over legal limit

Timothy P. Cooney, 34, of Lake in the Hills.

An off-duty Algonquin police sergeant was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing his vehicle in McHenry. He was almost three times over the legal limit, court documents show.

Timothy P. Cooney, 34, of the 5600 block of Wildspring Drive in Lake in the Hills, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Cooney was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer which was involved in a vehicle crash at Curran Road and Dartmoor Drive in McHenry around 6:44 p.m. on February 21, according to a citation.

A law enforcement report from the arresting officer said Cooney’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.218. The legal limit is 0.08.

The report said that Cooney was involved in a vehicle crash where he was the at-fault driver. The person who called 911 to report the crash told dispatchers that Cooney appeared to be intoxicated.

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When officers arrived, they found Cooney sitting inside his friend’s car and officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle while speaking with the man, the report said.

Officers also noted that Cooney did not know his current location. Officers arrested him and also cited him for failure to yield turning left and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Cooney refused to sign the traffic citations and also refused to sign a “warning to motorist” document, court records show.

Cooney’s bond was set at $3,000 and he posted $100 cash along with his driver’s license, which counts as $200, and was released from the McHenry Police Department.

McHenry law firm Donahue and Walsh, who Cooney hired to represent him, filed a petition to rescind Cooney’s driving suspension following his arrest.

His lawyer argued that Cooney was “not properly placed under arrest” and the arresting officer “did not have reasonable grounds” to believe the man was driving while intoxicated.

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His lawyer also argued that Cooney was not properly warned by the arresting officer of the summary suspension of his driver’s license. The lawyer also claimed his client’s blood alcohol concentration was not more than 0.08.

According to the Village of Algonquin, Cooney is a police officer in the village. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2017.

Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Ryan Markham told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the police department administration was notified of Cooney’s arrest and an internal investigation was launched.

“Due to the serious nature of this matter, the officer was immediately relieved of duty and placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation, in accordance with the Algonquin Police Department’s Professional Standards policy,” Markham said.

A status hearing is set for March 17 and a plea hearing is set for March 31.