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The Illinois State Police & Cook County State's Attorney's Office Announce Charges In The Death Investigation of ISP Trooper James Sauter

Press Release Date: November 13, 2013    || Archived October 3, 2014

Andrew Brian Bokelman Charged with Class 4 Motor Carrier Charges

(Cook County) – Illinois State Police Officials and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced charges today in the death investigation of Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter.  Trooper Sauter was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a truck tractor-semi trailer on I-294 at Willow Road, on March 28, 2013.  Trooper James Sauter was assigned to District 15, and was 28 years old.

Andrew Bokelman, 25, of Lomira, Wisconsin, was charged by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on November 13, 2013.  Mr. Bokelman was charged with violating three rules and regulations set out by the Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicle, a Class 4 felony, which caused the death of Illinois State Trooper James Sauter on March 28, 2013.

Prosecutors allege that Bokelman operated a Truck Tractor-Semi Trailer on I-294 when he violated three rules and regulations set out by 625 ILS5/18b-105.  Namely, Federal Regulation Part 392.3 – Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicle.  Section 392.3 states that, “No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle while that driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired through fatigue.”  Bokelman also violated Part 395.3 – Hours of service of drivers.  Part 395.3(a)(2) states that, “No motor carrier shall drive a property carrying commercial motor vehicle after the end of the 14 consecutive hour period without first taking 10 consecutive hours off.”  Lastly, Bokelman violated Part 395.8 – Driver’s record of duty status.  Part 395-8(e) states that, “making a false report in connection with duty activities shall make the driver liable to prosecution.”  Section 625 ILCS 5/18(b)-108(b) states that, “Any driver who willfully violates any….rule or regulation issued under this chapter is guilty of a Class 4 felony.

“No fine or jail time can begin to replace the courage and honor of this exceptional Trooper, son, and husband.  The men and women of the Illinois State Police will never forget James’ unselfish sacrifice and his service to this agency and we will always honor his legacy,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.

Andrew Bokelman was taken into custody this morning, November 13, after surrendering to District 15 Investigators and he was processed at a District 15 facility in Park Ridge. 

Dozens of Illinois State Police Officers attended the hearing in Skokie, Illinois in support of fallen ISP Trooper James Sauter. 

Andrew Bokelman

The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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