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Former Chicago cop gets probation for phony 911 call

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A former Chicago Police officer was sentenced to two years probation Friday for calling 911 and reporting a false brawl after being stopped for suspected drunken driving, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Sean Dailey will also have to serve 50 hours of community service and refrain from alcohol during his probation period, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Dailey must also undergo random drug and alcohol testing, Judge William Lacy ruled.

The 35-year-old veteran officer has been off duty without pay since he was charged in the incident. He resigned from the department earlier this month, police spokesman Adam Collins said.

In June, Niles police officer Brian Zagorski testified that he tried to give Dailey a break when he pulled him over after watching him speed through a red light on Nov. 5, 2010.

Zagorski said he found Dailey's vehicle reeking of alcohol, his speech slurred and his eyes bloodshot that early morning.

But after Dailey asked him, ‘Do you know who I am?' and told him he was an off-duty Chicago cop, Zagorski decided not to issue a ticket, nor did he give him a field sobriety test. Rather Zagorski instructed him to park his car and catch a ride home.

Instead Dailey, a tactical officer, went to a nearby motel and phoned in the 911 call about a 50-person bar fight in the hopes of distracting the officer so Dailey could retrieve his car, prosecutors said.

Police reported to the scene and found no such fight. Zagorski, who was headed to the scene, said upon learning it was a false report, he returned to where Dailey's car had been parked and found it gone.

In a 911 call played in court, Dailey was heard telling the dispatcher his friends were calling "screaming" to tell him about a cocaine-fueled bar fight. He was heard telling the female dispatcher he wasn't at the bar, but in a later call made by the dispatcher, he said, "I saw it. I got out because I didn't want to be there."

Phone records indicated Dailey didn't dial or get any calls from anyone except 911.

Dailey is the son of late Chicago Police Cmdr. Maurice Dailey.

While his criminal case was pending, Sean Dailey, a 13-year veteran, had used up his sick leave and sought to receive disability pay from the police pension fund. The request was deferred pending a medical examination. Details of his medical condition were unavailable.

Dailey was one of three officers involved in a botched raid in 2007 resulting in a federal lawsuit that cost the city $450,000.

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