A pre-trial date has been set for Virginia’s police chief, who faces a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Wes Helmich had a first court appearance Oct. 23, when a pre-trial hearing date was set for Jan. 3. Helmich also has a status hearing on Nov. 27, according to Cass County court filings.
Helmich was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Aug. 19 on Old
Bethel Church Road when his motorcycle left the road as it approached a curve, according to Illinois State Police reports.
The motorcycle traveled up an embankment and came to a rest, leaving Helmich with minor injuries that were treated at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He later was released and said he felt fine.
Helmich was charged with improper lane use and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Virginia Mayor Reg Brunk said Monday that he believed Helmich remains on unpaid medical leave. He said he couldn’t comment further on the situation.
The Oct. 8 city council meeting agenda had no item specifically relating to the matter. The next city council meeting should be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at city hall.
Helmich was an officer with the South Jacksonville Police Department in 2017 when Brunk, with the support of Virginia’s city council, hired him as Virginia’s police chief. He began that position in December.