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Dash cam footage of former US Attorney's DUI arrest released

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Dash cam footage of the arrest of former US Attorney Steve Wigginton in Troy, Illinois. Credit: Troy PD Dash cam footage of the arrest of former US Attorney Steve Wigginton in Troy, Illinois. Credit: Troy PD
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton announced his resignation in 2015. (KMOV) United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton announced his resignation in 2015. (KMOV)

A former top law enforcement official has now been charged with driving under the influence.

According to Troy, Illinois Police, officers were called to the scene of a one-car accident in the eastbound lane of the 400 block of Route 40 on May 23.

Police say Stephen Wigginton swerved off of an Interstate 70 exit ramp and took out over 40 feet of a wire fence and several poles, all before leaving the scene of the crash.

Signs of the off-road endeavor could be seen on the front end of Wigginton's 2009 Black Cadillac CTS.

When asked for identification, Troy Police say Wigginton said, "You know who I am."

He has now been charged with driving under the influence, having a faulty headlight, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of an accident. Officers reportedly smelled alcohol, dashcam footage shows Wigginton denying, and then later admitted to drinking an alcoholic beverage.

According to Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons, Wigginton was unable to complete field sobriety tests and refused to take a Breathalyzer test. Because of his refusal, his driver's license could be suspended for up to a year.

Wigginton was a US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois until 2015. He was also a Madison County State’s Attorney for a time. A spokesperson for current Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says they will be requesting a special prosecutor in the case.

Wigginton’s next court appearance is June 14. Wigginton couldn't be reached for comment. 

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