Truck Driver S.O.L. After Losing C.D.L. to Bogus Cop Claim
So says a judge in federal court, who ruled that the state had no choice but to revoke Tyrone Bell’s commercial driver’s licence after he was found asleep at the wheel of a car parked in the village of Summit on Chicago’s West Side. This despite Bell’s contention that village cops fabricated the report that led the Secretary of State’s office to take action shortly after the 2017 incident. Bell is pursuing a raft of civil and administrative actions against the village and its police force in a suit before Judge Andrea Wood in US District Court.
In granting a defense motion to dismiss the due process claim, Wood accepted as fact Bell’s account that he was napping and with the keys on the seat when Summit cops approached the vehicle to check on his wellbeing. While an on-scene blood test showed no drugs or alcohol in his system and Bell was not arrested, he said Officer James Stechley filed a sworn report that was filled with numerous false statements about Bell’s behavior and thus leading the office to revoke his CDL. Wood acknowledged that Bell’s 14th Amendment right to economic liberty had been infringed, but said the fact that he was able to regain his license after passing driving tests and medical exams meant he was afforded due process under exisitng state law.