July 27, 2010
A recent complaint filed by the Illinois Administrator alleges ethical violations based on the following facts:
On May 28, 2008, while playing golf near Portage, Michigan, Respondent consumed four beers and four shots of bourbon.
Respondent entered his automobile after leaving the golf course property, and entered South 11th Street in Prairie Ronde Township, Michigan, a public roadway.
Shortly after Respondent entered South 11th Street, his automobile struck Jared Sweet ("Sweet"), who was riding a bicycle along the road. Respondent's automobile knocked Sweet to the ground and dragged him several yards, inflicting upon him a compound bone fracture and skin abrasions.
After striking and dragging Sweet, Respondent's automobile left the roadway and entered an adjoining field. Respondent then reversed back onto the roadway, told a bystander that someone had been hurt "back up the road," and drove away from the scene.
Prior to leaving the scene of his collision with Sweet, Respondent did not identify himself or offer to render assistance to Sweet. Respondent was arrested later that day.
The complaint further alleges that the attorney pleaded guilty to criminal charges and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim. (Mike Frisch)
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