The Illinois State Police released a video with redacted audio that shows the traffic stop that led to state Rep. Steve Reick’s arrest for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol May 2.
During the incident, Reick mentioned that he was a state representative multiple times, commented on the amount of paperwork involved in the arrest and the fact that he was handcuffed and said he wasn’t sure what Illinois’ legal blood-alcohol limit was.
Reick, R-Woodstock, serves Illinois’ 63rd House District, which covers the western portion of McHenry County, including Woodstock, Marengo, Hebron, Harvard and part of McHenry.
He was arrested at 12:06 a.m. May 2 in a Burger King parking lot after a trooper pulled him over, reports show.
About 11:45 p.m. May 1, trooper Craig Beiermann noticed Reick speeding down South Grand Avenue in his 2013 Ford F-150 near 19th Street in Springfield.
He had observed Reick going 47 mph in a 30 mph zone before pulling into a Burger King parking lot without signaling, he said. Reick admitted that he had had too much to drink within seconds of making contact with the trooper, the video shows.
Reick told Beiermann that he drank several glasses of wine at an area bar but initially could not recall the name of the bar. He stumbled while getting out of his truck and later failed field sobriety tests.
The officer asked if Reick had any type of physical or mental problems before attempting the tasks.
“I’m a state representative, so my mental health is not as good as it should be, but otherwise I’m fine,” Reick told the trooper.
He also told Beiermann that he had a physical disability that caused balance problems, particularly at night, but still agreed to perform the sobriety tests.
Beiermann noticed Reick had bloodshot eyes and smelled like alcohol. He failed each test in some capacity, and a preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.146%.
The trooper asked Reick if he knew what the legal limit was in Illinois. Reick said he didn’t.
After the arrest, Reick made small talk with police on the ride back to the station. He frequently trailed off and failed to complete sentences and had to – at times – be prompted to continue.
“I just wanted to get back to my hotel, go to bed and get through tomorrow,” he said.
Reick told the trooper that he had to be at work by 8 a.m. later that day. He said he had spoken with “your boss” earlier in the day about Firearm Owner’s Identification card laws. He was referring to state police Lt. John Thompson, who also is on the Illinois Commission on Police Professionalism.
Reick told Beiermann at least twice that he didn’t need to be handcuffed.
“You know, you really don’t have to do the handcuff thing,” he said on the way to the station.
Reick also apologized to the trooper for “putting you through this,” and asked if it was a headache to work through the paperwork associated with an arrest.
“I think this is an incredible amount of paperwork you have to deal with for a simple traffic stop,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Reick is charged with driving under the influence, driving 15 mph to 20 mph above the speed limit and improperly signaling. He is due in court May 30, according to Sangamon County court records.
Reick couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.