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Documents: Complainant Claims to Have Contacted ISP Director Over Loud Music

The person who complained about loud music that led to the arrest of a downtown DJ last week for loud music claims to have contacted the director of the Illinois State Police, according to documents obtained by WMAY's Bishop On Air.

 

In an incident report from December 3rd several members of the police department provide a timeline of complaints they received about loud music that Sean Layton, also known as DJ Evo, was later arrested for.

 

News of Layton's arrest came in the following morning after the popular downtown DJ told media outlets that the arresting officers told him the Mayor was called to do something about the loud music. Springfield Mayor Mike Houston called Evo a liar and said Layton was just out to make a name for himself.

 

Redacted documents WMAY obtained show the person who complained about the music got frustrated with the lack of response from Springfield Police and instead decided to go straight to the top of the Illinois State Police.

 

One report was made about the noise and the information about the complainant has been redacted from the arresting officers' reports.

 

However, an incident report says the complainant was "CALLING BACK AGAIN TO ADV MUSIC HAS BEEN TURNED UP EVEN LOUDER" that was just before 12:30 early Tuesday morning. The incident report also indicates that there was a request "TO SPEAK TO SGT NOW." Even more revealing is the incident report says the caller "STATED HE HAS ALREADY NOTIFIED THE ISP DIRECTOR AND WILL BE REPORTING THIS TO THE ISP."

 

Confirmation of the ISP Director Hiram Grau being contacted about this incident could not be immediately made.

 

Then, just before 1 in the morning Tuesday, after police had already reportedly been on scene, and even, presumably already talked to the unidentified complainant, the incident report says "HE DOESN'T CARE ANYMORE B/C POLICE ARE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING THE MUSIC IS STILL GOING ... WAS VERY IRATE AND SWEARING."

 

All together there were four Springfield Police Department units that responded.

 

Reporting officer J. Royer filed a report Monday last week saying "I witnessed the bass was causing extreme vibrations in [redacted] apartment furniture, windows and walls. The sound level from the bass was also extreme. The noise level was so loud it was alarming and disturbing [redacted]."

 

He then goes on to say "I pulled my car around the corner and began researching through the City Ordinances for pertinent codes."

 

"The bass level again rose ..." the officer reported.

 

Editorial: That's what house, techno, dubstep, call-it-what-you-will, does. It rises, rises, rises and then drops some dirty beats down hard and loud.

 

Back to the story: The officer then lost his "suspect" saying that Layton was "no longer on scene." The officer then located DJ Evo in another bar where he then placed him under arrest.

 

He was arrested for disorderly conduct and provided a citation for "Enumeration of Particular Nuisance." Layton was then taken to jail ... for having a loud stereo ... in a bar.

 

The unnamed complainant is reported to have called police three times and was the only caller in reference to the music. The report from the arresting officer states that that the department has no record of any other complaints.

 

Sgt. Dodd reports to have been dispatched to the complainant's apartment to witness the loud music. Dodd says as soon as he "walked into the common hallways of the apartment complex, I could hear and feel the bass" and that the bass was "shaking the metal pipes" and the "walls and floor" were shaking. Dodd also says the complainant said he "has never heard the music so loud before tonight."

 

Layton has a hearing scheduled for February of next year and could be fined $250 for the noise violation. 

 

Read the documents obtained through the Freedom of Informaiton here.

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