Officer accused of releasing woman for drunken driving in exchange for sex
By KMOV Web Producer
Timothy Jones, a former Country Club Hills police officer, is facing a corruption charge for reportedly letting a woman off the hook for drunken driving in exchange for sex. By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV) – A former Country Club Hills police officer accused of letting a woman off the hook for drunk driving in exchange for sex was allowed back on patrol for months before he finally resigned. That officer is now facing a corruption charge.
The suspect, Timothy Jones, spent Wednesday night in jail and bonded out on Thursday.
Court records reveal that Jones pulled over a 24-year-old woman he suspected was drunk on Lucas and Hunt in November. He made her take a sobriety test and then allegedly agreed not to haul her off to jail in exchange for sex.
Country Club Hills Police Chief Clifton Ware says he did a background check on Jones and found a clean record with Jennings police for 22 years. Chief Ware says Jones showed up, did his job and even supervised on occasion.
Between November and the time Jones resigned, Chief Ware says Jones continued to work. “When someone makes an allegation, it's just that until there's some findings through an investigation,” Chief Ware says. “There was no need to suspend him or lay him off. He came to work every day and did his job.”
St. Louis County police say there was a delay in charges because they had to wait on a backlog at the DNA lab.
When asked if waiting was a risky move, Chief Ware said no. "In this day and age, the public -- with cell phone cameras and voice recordings -- everything the public can do on their own, I think had there been other incidents or questions about something that had taken place, I think it would have been brought to our attention."