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Alton police officer accused of DUI, leaving scene of 2 accidents

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ALTON, Il. (KMOV) -- An Alton police officer was arrested early Monday morning following two hit-and-run crashes in Madison County.

Officer Christopher Mattila is accused of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of two accidents and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department says it received a call about a hit-and-run just before 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Godfrey Road and Tolle.

A Hummer was rear-ended by a dark SUV or van that left the scene.  A few minutes later, the department received another call of a hit-and-run about a mile away.  No one was hurt.  Officers responded and began searching the area.  They found a Ford Explorer, abandoned on Seminary Road.  It had extensive front end damage.  The vehicle was registered to Christopher Mattila, who is a police officer in Alton.
Police went to his home and attempted to reach Mattila just before 10 p.m.  No one came to the door.  Police and supervisors remained on the scene and were working on affidavits to secure a search warrant when Mattila opened the door just before 1 a.m. to speak to officers.
He refused a breathalyzer, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Mattila was arrested and booked into the Madison County Jail.  He posted bond around 6 a.m.

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