HARRISBURG — Mayor John McPeek was arrested early Sunday morning and cited with driving under the influence, Pope County Sheriff Jerry Suits confirmed Monday.

Suits said sometime after midnight Saturday, deputies initiated a traffic stop on Illinois 34 in northern Pope County. The vehicle they stopped was traveling at 66 mph in a 45 mph zone. Suits said the driver of that car was John McPeek, the mayor of Harrisburg.

During the traffic stop, Suits said deputies noticed an odor of alcohol and began a field sobriety test. Results of that test put McPeek over the blood alcohol content limit of 0.08, Suits said.

McPeek was arrested, cited for DUI, posted bond, and will face a court date in the future in Pope County.

Suits said McPeek was cooperative at all times during the incident.

McPeek on Sunday expressed dismay at his own actions.

"I hate what is happening," McPeek said. "I let the citizens of Harrisburg down, I let my friends and supporters down and I feel awful about it. I am truly sorry and I will use this lesson to become a better person.”



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