DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced that a Chicago man has been charged with threatening a Lombard Police Officer. Daryl Meeks, 41 (d.o.b. 8/1/1980) of the 5400 block of W. Haddon Avenue, appeared in Bond Court yesterday afternoon where Judge Robert Kleeman set bond at $150,000 with 10% to apply. Meeks has been charged with two counts of Threatening a Public Official, a Class 3 Felony. He has also been charged with Misdemeanor DUI and other traffic offenses.
On January 13, 2022, at approximately 1:54 a.m., a patrol officer with the Lombard Police Department observed a vehicle allegedly driving erratically. The vehicle, allegedly driven by Meeks, eventually made an abrupt stop in the roadway at which time the officer conducted a traffic stop. While speaking with Meeks, the officer allegedly observed an odor of alcohol and burnt cannabis from the vehicle. After allegedly failing field sobriety tests, Meeks was placed under arrest. Once back at the police station it is alleged that Meeks asked how long the officer that arrested him had been on the police force. It is alleged that when informed that the officer was on the force for six years, Meeks made a gun shape with his hands and said that “he (the officer) won't make it to 7 years.” It is further alleged that Meeks also stated directly to the officer “I hope your names on the police report, I'm going to (expletive) you up on my kids. Thank God I didn't have my gun on me tonight I would have shot the (expletive) out you. If I would have had my gun, I woulda shot the (expletive) out you when you asked me to step out the vehicle.”
“My office takes any threat or even the perception of a threat against a public employee or elected official extremely seriously,” Berlin said. “The allegation that Mr. Meeks threatened a law enforcement officer will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law,” Berlin said. “I thank the Lombard Police Department for their work on this case and for their continued efforts in keeping our roads safe. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Grace Barsanti and Kelly McKay for their work on this case.”
“I commend the officer involved in this case for his fine work in observing an allegedly impaired driver and getting that driver off the streets before he injured himself or someone else,” Newton said. “Unfortunately, our officers are often times confronted with the type of threatening behavior alleged in this case. I thank State’s Attorney Berlin and his office for filing the appropriate charges against this defendant.”
Meek’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 7, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge Michael Reidy.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
View the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office release at https://www.dupageco.org/States_Attorney/States_Attorney_News/2022/65821/