PEKIN, Ill. — A retired Peoria police officer faces only a charge of drunken driving after allegedly pulling a gun on a Pekin officer Friday during a traffic stop.
Mark E. Chittick, 60, of Dunlap also faced charges of unlawful use of a weapon, fleeing/attempting to elude police and improper lane usage from the incident. Those charges were not filed by the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office. State’s Attorney Stewart Umholtz could not be reached Monday for comment.
Chittick is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He is set to appear in court April 29.
Chittick was arrested about 4:30 p.m. near U.S. Route 24 after crossing the John T. McNaughton Bridge and traveling west on Illinois Route 9. The Pekin officer originally tried to stop Chittick in Pekin after seeing his truck swerve between lanes on Third Street near Court Street. During the chase, Chittick allegedly reached speeds up to 85 mph.
Chittick, who grabbed a handgun and pointed it at the officer as the officer approached the truck to obtain identification, was released Saturday from the Tazewell County Jail after posting $126.50 bail. The Pekin officer was able to disarm and arrest Chittick without further incident.
Chittick still works for the Peoria Police Department as a civilian employee in the property room, but on Monday, after learning about his arrest and impending charge, Police Chief Steven Settingsgaard reassigned the former officer to desk duties.
A woman who says she was raped by an on-duty Providence police officer testified Monday that the man came into her hospital room grinning and in uniform after the alleged attack in 2007.
The 22-year-old woman said she recalled seeing officer Marcus Huffman in the hours after the alleged rape, but told the jury that she could not remember how long he was there or anything else about the encounter.
"I thought it was him that I was with," she said. "I thought it was him I had got in the car with."
Prosecutors allege that Huffman, who is charged with first-degree sexual assault in Providence Superior Court, raped the woman in the bathroom of an empty police substation after offering her a ride outside a nightclub where she had been turned away for being too drunk.
Prosecutor Maureen Keough asked the woman if she had given any indication that she wanted to have sex with Huffman, and she said, "No." She testified that she identifies herself as a lesbian.
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The woman wept as she saw a photograph of the bathroom where she says the rape happened in March 2007. The jury also saw surveillance images that the woman said showed her entering the building with Huffman — and later walking away by herself — and pictures of the clothing the woman said she had been wearing that night.
Huffman's lawyer, Robert Caron, suggested there was no hint of coercion in the images as he tried to counter allegations that his client took advantage of a drunk and helpless woman.
"You're walking on your own," he told her. "He's not even looking back at you. You're following him."
The woman said she was feeling sick from a night of heavy drinking on March 17, 2007 and was turned away by the club's owner when Huffman, in his marked police cruiser, offered her a ride so she could use a bathroom. She said she remembered being driven to the substation and then waking up in a bathroom stall there with her pants undone and her undergarments removed
She then walked to her aunt's house nearby — she said she was familiar with the area because she used to deal drugs there — and was taken to the hospital.
Caron, the defense lawyer, did not give an opening statement to the jury, but tried to seize on apparent inconsistencies in the woman's testimony. He reminded her that she told hospital staff that she had woken up in Huffman's car with her clothes off — a statement she did not recall making.
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Huffman has been suspended without pay from the department. His accuser is due back on the stand Tuesday morning.
Another Providence police officer was indicted last month on charges that he beat a restrained man with a flashlight, and three officer officers — including a narcotics detective — were arrested three weeks ago in a cocaine bust.
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