ALORTON, Ill. (AP) — A special prosecutor has dropped felony charges against a southern Illinois mayor accused of operating a police vehicle with its lights flashing.
Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed was accused of official misconduct last year after a driver told Illinois State Police it appeared a civilian female driver was impersonating a police officer.
Under a plea agreement, Reed pleaded guilty this month to a lesser misdemeanor charge of possessing an oscillating light. She was sentenced to $250 in fines and court costs.
Unrelated charges were also dismissed, including 2016 vote-buying allegations.
Reed attorney Justin Kuehn says charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
Reed was removed from office after pleading guilty in 2014 to smuggling a cellphone into jail. After attending a drug treatment program, her conviction was removed from her record. She was later re-elected.