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WATERFORD — Timothy Riley, 48, of McHenry, Ill., was arrested after reportedly driving through mailboxes and speeding in a Roto-Rooter Plumbing van through a residential neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.

Upon his arrest and jailing, police said that Riley admitted he wanted to die and advised the arresting officer and a Racine County Jail employee to shoot him, after also making threats against the life of the arresting officer.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Town of Waterford Police Department received reports that a little after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a white van was “circling the neighborhood” and had struck several mailboxes, a wood pile and had driven through someone’s yard near the 30800 block of Meadow Lane.

A police sergeant identified the vehicle, which was damaged, driving 41 mph in a 25-mph zone.

After making a traffic stop, the sergeant reported finding Riley behind the wheel and that “he had very glassy eyes, the odor of intoxicants on his breath, and his speech was very slurred.” Riley initially denied being drunk.

Riley then rolled up the van’s window, locked the door and “extended his middle finger” before mouthing an expletive directed at the officer, police said.

Soon after, Riley opened the door and told the sergeant that he had “too much drink,” but refused to undergo field sobriety tests. It was later found that his blood alcohol content was more than 0.20, more than two times the legal limit to drive.

As Riley was being arrested, he told the sergeant that he wanted to be shot. The sergeant reported that, while being driven to Racine County Jail, Riley later said: “(Expletive), when we get to jail, I’m going to get your gun and shoot you with it.”

Once at the jail, Riley again asked to be killed and slammed his own head against a cinder block wall. Despite resisting, he was placed into a restraint chair and continued “yelling and screaming incoherently, making it impossible ... to review and explain the OWI paperwork to him.”

Riley faces a felony charge for threat to a law enforcement officer, and misdemeanors for resisting an officer and disorderly content.



Adam Rogan (St. Catherine's '14, Drake University '17) has been covering homelessness, arts & culture, politics and business for the JT since March 2018. He enjoys mid-afternoon naps and loud music played quietly.

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