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Grayslake Police Chief Suspended After DUI Arrest

Grayslake Police Chief Matt McCutcheon has been charged with drunk driving after a crash in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. (Credit: Kenosha County Sheriff's Office)

Grayslake Police Chief Matt McCutcheon has been charged with drunk driving after a crash in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. (Credit: Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office)

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GRAYSLAKE (CBS) – Grayslake’s police chief has been stripped of his duties while he deals with a drunk driving arrest.

The Mayor of Grayslake today announced Chief Matt McCutcheon had been suspended from service and an acting chief will be named soon.

Mayor Rhett Taylor said it was better to have someone in place who will focus “full time on providing for the safety and security of the village,” as McCutcheon focuses on his legal issues.

McCutcheon was arrested last Friday Wisconsin and charged with drunk driving and being armed while intoxicated after his car was involved in a crash. The chief has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Grayslake Village Board met in closed session Thursday night, presumably to discuss the case

But, WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports, the board adjourned without taking any action against him.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Police report says that McCutcheon went wide when turning from eastbound Highway C onto Route 45, striking a silver Dodge.

McCutcheon and his wife, who was a passenger in their black Honda, refused treatment or a sobriety test, but was taken to Aurora Hospital, in Kenosha, where a blood draw was performed.

The report says McCutcheon’s eyes were glassy and the deputy who took the call smelled alcohol on the chief, who admitted to having three vodka martinis at the Twin Oaks restaurant in Wilmot, Wis., and identified himself as an off-duty police officer, displaying his badge while looking for his license. The deputy confiscated McCutcheon’s Kimber 9mm handgun.