911 Operator Charged with DUI Asked for a Break, Police Say

By Erin Meyer on January 20, 2014 3:49pm 

 A Chicago 911 dispatcher, Matthew Stehney, 36, found slumped over and smelling of alcohol in his running car, tried to talk his way out of an arrest, according to a police report.
A Chicago 911 dispatcher, Matthew Stehney, 36, found slumped over and smelling of alcohol in his running car, tried to talk his way out of an arrest, according to a police report.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — When a 911 dispatcher got busted for DUI after Sunday's NFL conference championship games, he tried to talk his way out of an arrest by telling officers he was on their team and "begging" for another chance, according to a police report.

Matthew Stehney, 36, was found "slumped over the wheel" in a running car by police in the 2700 block of South Damen Avenue early Monday morning, according to the report.

Police woke Stehney, who looked slowly at the officers with "glassy-bulging-bloodshot eyes," a police report stated.

With alcohol on his breath, Stehney appeared confused about his whereabouts when police asked if he knew where he was, according to the report.

Stehney became talkative when he was ordered out of the car, according to the report, repeatedly telling officers what he did for a living and that he is "one of us."

He had come from a friend's house where he had watched the game, he'd been drinking, and he "f----- up," Stehney allegedly told officers. He "pleaded nonstop for another chance, saying it would not happen again," the report said.

But police didn't give Stehney a break.

He was arrested, but continued to ask for a pass, according to the report.

Stehney, of the 1300 block of West Madison Street in the West Loop, was charged with DUI and possession of drugs, for the baggie containing cocaine that police found in his pocket, according to the report.

Bond information was not immediately available.

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