CHICAGO (CBS) — An Illinois state trooper created a bit of a firestorm when he tweeted a picture with racecar driver Tony Stewart, after he pulled over the NASCAR star on Saturday in DeKalb.
Trooper Damein Cunningham shared the photo, which appears to be a selfie taken by Stewart as the trooper is leaning against Stewart’s driver’s side window.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Steamy Heat Through Midweek
Cunningham’s post included the message “Just pulled over NASCAR LEGEND Tony Stewart on I-88 in DeKalb, IL, what you think I got him for?#NASCAR #ISP”READ MORE: 31 Percent Of Illinois Nursing Homes Are Not Providing CDC With COVID-19 Vaccine Information, Organization Says
Stewart got off with a warning for improper lane usage, but the trooper’s bosses didn’t think much of his decision to tweet the photo of himself and Stewart. Illinois State Police were reviewing Cunningham’s post, but would not say if Cunningham would face any discipline for his social media use during a traffic stop.
Twitter lit up after the posting, with some users criticizing Stewart for a crash that killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a non-NASCAR sprint race in 2014.MORE NEWS: Family Of National Guardsman Chrys Carvajal Posts Flyers Around Belmont-Cragin, Offers Reward After He Was Shot And Killed
The trooper who posted the photo has since taken it down, but the web being the web, it can still be easily found.