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October 24, 2014, 5:19 am
970 WMAY News

Sangamon County DUI Detail Cut, Sheriff Says Not Linked To Taser Incident

Sangamon County will no longer have a deputy assigned exclusively to seeking out and stopping drunk drivers.


Sheriff Neil Williamson is ending the program because federal grant funding that supported it was sharply reduced for the coming year.


Williamson tells the State Journal-Register that the decision was not related to two lawsuits claiming the county’s DUI deputy, Travis Koester, exceeded his authority and improperly Tasered a woman during a traffic stop.


Meanwhile, Williamson also plans another attempt to ask voters to approve a countywide sales tax increase to pay for law enforcement.

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