Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Leaks has learned what actions a Springfield Police Officer had committed that may cost him his job.
Rhet Spengel, who the Springfield Police Department Internal Affairs (IA) Division has recommended for termination, is accused of conducting an illegal driving under the influence traffic stop.
On July 7, 2019, Spengel pulled over a 2014 Red Jeep, around 12:44 a.m., on N. Walnut St. and W. Washington St.
In the vehicle, according to a source, was Spengel’s ex-friend, Cory E. Hoedebecke. It is unknown to Springfield Leaks, at this time, why Spengel would pull over his ex-friend.
According to a leaked report to Springfield Leaks, Spengel wrote that Hoedebecke failed to make a complete stop at a stop light on 2nd and Jefferson St., after leaving a bar. Spengel continued in his report and stated that Hoedebecke’s speech was slurred, eyes bloodshot and pupils very constricted.
After the traffic stop, Hoedebecke was taken to the Sangamon County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol and given two traffic tickets. One traffic ticket was for improper lane usage and the second ticket was for disobeying a traffic control device.
Eight days later, after the traffic stop, Springfield Attorney, Greg Sronce, took on the case.
Copies of text messages were provided to the Sangamon County States Attorney’s Office. The text messages were between Spengel and an unidentified woman. The unidentified woman, is also friends with Hoedebecke, and was with Hoedebecke on the night of the traffic stop. According to a source, who was able to view the text message exchange between the unidentified woman and Spengel, Spengel is questioning the woman, through text messages, and asking things, such as what kind of car is Hoedebecke driving and where is his location?
Originally, Hoedebecke wasn’t scheduled to appear in court for his driving under the influence charge until August 28, 2019, but a sudden turn of events with the courts took place. Cory’s DUI and accompanying traffic tickets, were immediately dismissed, before his original scheduled court date.
Cory’s attorney immediately filed a motion with the court to reverse his drivers license suspension and a hearing was scheduled for August 16, 2019. A day before the scheduled hearing, First Assistant State’s Attorney, Derek Dion, dismissed the DUI charge and the two traffic tickets. In addition to the dismissal of all charges, a Sangamon County Judge also reversed Hoedebecke’s driving suspension and ruled that there was no basis for the traffic stop.
At this time, it is up to the Chief of Police, Kenny Winslow, to agree with the termination of Spengel or to impose another form of discipline, such as suspension.
An unconfirmed report that Springfield Leaks received, stated that Chief Winslow has reversed the termination of Spengel and imposed a 45 days suspension.
Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for updates.