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: COVID-19 In Illinois: Full List Of Mass Vaccination Sites With More To Open Thursday; 2,104 New Coronavirus Cases, 44 More Deaths
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: Lightfoot, CPD Announce Changes To Search Warrant Policies; Police To Begin Tracking Wrong Raids Resulting From Faulty Information
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 Praying For Recovery Of 11-Year-Old Ny-Andra Dyer, Shot In The Face At West Pullman Gas Station; 'I Just Need A Miracle'
The trooper who posted the photo has since taken it down, but the web being the web, it can still be easily found.