Hearing canceled for ex-trooper tied to crash
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (Modified AP) _ The attorney for former Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell told Fox 2 News this morning that a hearing scheduled today in Mount Vernon, Illinois was canceled because Mitchell and his attorney “were not ready”. Mitchell has been trying to get his driving privileges restored after he caused a southwestern Illinois freeway crash.
J. Israel Slone, Mitchell’s attorney, told Fox 2 News that Mitchell plans to re-apply a fifth time for reinstatement of his driver’s license at a later date. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Administrative Hearings Office in Mount Vernon, Illinois confirmed the hearing today is cancelled. A woman in that office who handles scheduling told Fox 2 News she didn’t believe another hearing could be scheduled until August 2014 at the earliest.
Matt Mitchell has argued unsuccessfully several times to get his license back and is making use of limitless reinstatement requests allowed by law.
Mitchell was a state trooper in 2007 when his cruiser crossed the median east of St. Louis and slammed into oncoming traffic, killing Collinsville teenagers Jessica and Kelli Uhl.
Mitchell had been driving more than 120 mph at the time and using his cellphone and computer. He pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and received probation.