A former civilian volunteer for the local community policing office who’s accused of calling 911 with a false report of an officer in distress has been accepted into the state’s Deferred Prosecution Program, court records show.
|Elbrecht (Chicago Police Dept)|
Patrick Elbrecht, 44, was charged with one count of felony reckless conduct after witnesses told police that he called 911 from a local bar on December 30 and used the words “officers need assistance” and the phrase “10-1,” which is police radio shorthand for an officer who needs help, according to court records.
The state has now agreed to postpone prosecution under a program that gives certain first-time felony defendants the opportunity to see charges dropped if they keep their noses clean for a year.
Participants are taken to trial if they violate the program’s 3-page agreement during postponement. Among the rules:
• Defendants may not violate any criminal law anywhere in the United States
• Defendants may not possess deadly weapons including guns and knives
• Defendants many not possess marijuana, methamphetamine, any controlled substance, or any other drug not authorized by a prescription.
Elbrecht is due back in court next Wednesday.