Collinsville police officer indicted on four counts of obstruction of justice www.privateofficer.com
Officer Luke Tillman pulled over a driver on November 16, 2011 for failure to display registration. The driver, a 50-year-old woman from Maryville, had a valid driver’s license and no warrants. Tillman searched the car and found up what he labeled a potential crack pipe.
The driver was arrested and later charged with possession of a controlled substance. Those charges were issued by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office based on a review of facts that included Officer Luke Tillman’s report.
In March 2012, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office was notified by the woman’s defense attorney that they had information indicating the driver did, in fact, have a valid temporary registration affixed to her car at the time of the stop. The defense attorney also inquired as to whether Officer Tillman made a video and audio recording of the traffic stop.
Per procedure, all traffic stops made by Collinsville police are audio and video recorded. If the end result of a traffic stop is a felony charge, that video must be logged.
Officer Luke Tillman did not mention anything about audio or video recording in his report. The state’s attorney’s office subsequently learned that Tillman did not ever log any evidence of the audio or video recording. Investigators also discovered that the driver did have a valid temporary registration affixed to her vehicle.
On March 13, 2012, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office dismissed the felony charge against the driver and began reviewing the actions of Officer Luke Tillman. Tillman was ultimately suspended by the Collinsville Police Department.
Tillman’s bond was set at $10,000.
If convicted, Luke Tillman faces up to three years in prison for each count.