By Courtney Gousman
Godfrey, IL (KSDK) - We're learning about the arrest of an Alton police officer. Investigators say the 15 year veteran left the scene of multiple accidents, and was behind the wheel intoxicated.
Officer Christopher Mattila is now facing four charges, and all are misdemeanors.
Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff's Office are handling this case and say 39-year-old Alton Patrolman Christopher Mattila rear-ended a Hummer in Godfrey, Illinois near the intersection of Godfrey and Tolle Lane, and kept going.
A mile later, deputies say Mattila sideswiped a second vehicle near Humbert Road and Richland Woods Drive.
Two calls came into to dispatchers Sunday night, just before 8:30 to report both accidents.
About 30 minutes later, deputies found Mattila's Ford Explorer abandoned on Seminary Road, just north of Alton's city limits. Madison County investigators were able to track the officer down at home, and he was arrested around 1 a.m. Monday.
Mattila is now charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
Deputies say Mattila refused to take a breathalyzer test when he was arrested, but the investigation revealed the officer was out drinking prior to the accidents.
Mattila posted the $300 needed to bail out.
Officer Mattila has been moved to desk duty at work, pending the outcome of this case.