Moline’s ex-police chief gets 2 days in-home detention for OWI

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The former chief of police for Moline, Illinois must serve two days of in-home detention as part of a sentence for intoxicated driving.

John Hitchcock, while he was still police chief, was pulled over by an Iowa State Patrol trooper on Highway 61 in Scott County, Iowa at 5:50 p.m. on September 7.

The trooper said Hitchcock was driving 90 MPH in a 65 MPH zone and his blood alcohol level was found to be more than twice the legal limit.

On October 10, Hitchcock pleaded not guilty to OWI, then changed his plea to guilty earlier this week.

On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Hitchcock to 120 days in jail with all but two of those days suspended.

The two days not suspended will be served as in-home detention.

Hitchcock was also given a $1,250 fine, half of which is suspended.

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton tells KWQC Hitchcock “received the standard OWI first sentence.”

Hitchcock was initially placed on paid administrative leave after the OWI citation in September, then the City of Moline announced on October 15 that he was retiring from the police department effective immediately.