A Kenosha man, who has worked for 17 years as a Police Officer in Park City, Illinois, will be spending the first three months of the new year in the Kenosha County Jail. That is the sentence handed down from Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Dougvillo earlier this month. For the second time, 42-year-old Lucian R. Tessmann was convicted of OWI and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Lucian was arrested on March 28, 2016 by a Wisconsin State Trooper while driving drunk and driving over 100 m.p.h. in Kenosha County. He had a loaded gun in 2016 as well. His employer, Park City, IL kept him on the payroll as a police officer.
According to the criminal complaint for his latest OWI, Lucian was driving in the Village of Pleasant Prairie on Saturday, March 27, 2021 and was pulled over after speeding – 69 in a 45 zone. It was clear to officers that he was under the influence from the odor of intoxicants and slurred speech. When asked if he would perform field sobriety tests, he asked officers to cut him some slack. That didn’t happen. Telemann’s blood alcohol content was .18, more than twice the legal limit. Like his first OWI, Tessmann was carrying a loaded firearm. Tessmann was arrested, and that is when the bizarre behavior manifested. Tessmann began to act like he couldn’t breath saying that he was a black man being treated like George Floyd. He pretended to hyperventilate and pass out, going from “acting” to normal behavior at the flip of a switch. Tessmann appears to be white. He also called officers “fucking faggots,” “fucking fat-asses,” “douche-bags,” “racists”, “pussies” other slurs, and even threatened to attack one officer. He also threatened suicide. Lucian stated that the Pleasant Prairie Officers didn’t help during the riots of 2020, which is untrue. The officers showed incredible restraint during the entire process. When at the hospital, Tessmann pulled down his mask and coughed at one of the officers saying he wanted to get him sick.
“That paradigm [of police officers getting special treatment] in law enforcement, has shifted. If it was ever prevalent, it’s now. I think cops understand that they’re held to a different standard. That is discussed with them from the time they apply,” said Pleasant Prairie Police Chief Dave Smetana. “We understand that everyone’s going to make mistakes, but we also understand that we’re going to be held accountable for those mistakes.”
Smetana attributed the officers’ immense restraint to training, professionalism, the level of people PPPD is hiring, and the constant engagement with the community.
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Unbelievably, Tessmann’s Police Chief, Walter Holderbaum and Commander, Ken Stoves, wrote letters to the judge asking for leniency. The two wanted to continue to employ the officer. That likely isn’t possible now, as he will be banned from driving and possessing a firearm for more than a year after being released from jail. No one at Park City wanted to talk about Tessmann. We emailed the Chief, Commander, Mayor and each and every alderman. Not one wanted to speak about their officer’s conduct. They also won’t say if they’ve fired Tessmann or not.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Dougvillo didn’t mince words when handing down Tessmann’s sentence. “You sir are an embarrassment!” Judge Dougvillo called the officer’s behavior shameful and handed down a tough sentence. For the second OWI, Tessmann received 40 days in jail with no work-release (Huber). For the possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person, Tessmann received 60 days in jail, one year of probation and eight months in jail , imposed and stayed. 100 days in all, if he behaves. If he messes up, he will receive up to eight more months behind bars. Dougvillo also ordered his driver’s license revoked for 14 months and an ignition interlock for 12 months. He also cannot possess a firearm for his 12 months of probation. He will start his jail sentence on 12/31/2022.