PEORIA — A Creve Coeur police officer was arrested earlier this week and charged with driving under the influence after allegedly striking another vehicle and then driving off.
Zakary Rogy, 29, was booked into the Peoria County Jail at 6:43 a.m. Monday on charges of DUI involving alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of an accident where property was damaged. Another ticket for illegal transportation of alcohol was also issued. He posted bond and was released that same day.
According to a police report obtained through a Freedom of Information request at the Peoria Police Department, offices were called to the 900 block of East Norwood Avenue at 2:30 a.m. for what was described as a "hit and run." Two people told officers they heard a crash and then saw Rogy's car up against another vehicle, according to the report. One witness said he saw Rogy get out of the car, look at the other vehicle and then drive down the street before stopping and going into a house.
Officers allegedly saw front end damage on Rogy's car and allegedly took beer bottles out of his car, according to the report.
Creve Coeur police Chief Dale King said Rogy, a two-year veteran of his department, has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an administrative investigation by the Police Department and the Creve Coeur Fire and Police Commission.
"The Creve Coeur Fire and Police Commission will conduct a hearing to determine Officer Rogy’s status. This hearing does not preclude any finding of guilt or innocence on the actual charges pending in Peoria County," the chief said in a news release issued Friday.
A hearing before the commission could come within a month, King said. Rogy could also ask for an independent arbitrator to decide the matter. The chief said Rogy has not had other disciplinary action during his tenure as a village officer.
Rogy is scheduled to appear in Peoria County Circuit Court on April 21 on the DUI ticket, according to court records.