For the second time in just over a month, a state representative is under fire for alleged drunk driving. Representative Steven Reick was arrested by Illinois State Police in the early morning of May 2, and is now facing multiple charges, including DUI. Reick is the second state official recently charged with drunk driving, after the March 29 charges against Representative Kam Buckner.
According to the report, the representative was pulled over for traveling some 15 to 20 mph above the speed limit. ISP troopers claim their suspicion was raised when they observed him improperly using a turn signal. He was cited for speeding, improper turn signal use and drunk driving, though it is unclear from this report whether he refused a breath test on the scene. He was booked into a county jail sometime after 1 a.m. and was later released.
The representative has gone on record admitting to a "stupid and regrettable decision" following a series of industry association events that may have included alcohol consumption. However, he has not as yet been convicted of any of the charges filed against him at this time. He is set to appear in court on May 30.
The burden of proof in Illinois criminal proceedings lies with the state to formally document the man was guilty of DUI at the time of his arrest. His criminal defense team will likely review any and all evidence offered in court by the prosecution in advance of his court date. The man remains innocent of the charges unless and until prosecutors can actually prove them by relevant evidence that is found to be beyond a reasonable doubt.