KARMA POLICE: Accused Of Making Fake “Officer In Distress” Call, Former CAPS Volunteer Catches A Break

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.

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