(MCT) — An off-duty Chicago police officer was charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly calling 911 and reporting a phony bar brawl to get out of a DUI traffic stop in Niles.
Officer Sean Dailey, 34, was freed on $10,000 bond Wednesday and faces up to 3 years in prison if convicted.
Dailey was pulled over about 2 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2010, after a Niles police officer saw his speeding truck run a red light on North Milwaukee Avenue, prosecutors said.
Dailey identified himself as a Chicago police officer to the Niles officer, who suspected he was intoxicated, prosecutors said. At the officer's urging, Dailey agreed to call a taxi and walked to a motel across the street, where the officer saw him talking on his cellphone.
A short time later, a call came over the police radio that a brawl involving 50 people had been reported at a Niles bar. The officer left Dailey unattended to respond to the call but soon learned the report was unfounded. Dailey and his truck were gone when he returned to the traffic stop, prosecutors said.
Dailey, an 11-year police veteran, was relieved of his police powers last March and assigned to paid administrative duty, according to a Chicago police spokeswoman.
Court records show Dailey was ticketed last September in a separate drunken driving case that also occurred in Niles. He pleaded guilty and received court supervision and a $1,400 fine.