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Zion woman admits lying about Gurnee cop's conduct
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/15/2010 2:26 PM

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A Zion woman who claimed she was harassed and abused by a Gurnee police officer admitted Wednesday that she made up the story.

Shirlon Rogers, 44, pleaded guilty to perjury and driving under the influence of alcohol after her story was undone by the dashboard camera in the officer's squad car.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Eric Kalata said Rogers, of the 2300 block of Joppa Avenue, was stopped on Route 41 about 1 a.m. on March 6.

She refused a breath test and was cited for DUI, improper lane use, speeding and driving without insurance.

Rogers was released from the police station on a signature bond, but returned to the station later in the day to complain she had been stopped without cause and was thrown into the squad car and had suffered a head injury.

As is standard procedure in these types of cases, Rogers filled out a sworn affidavit attesting to the truth of her statements.

But when police reviewed the video and audio recordings of the officer's encounter with Rogers, a different picture emerged.

"The officer is shown on the tape acting calmly and professionally," Kalata said. "The defendant, however, conducts herself in a manner that is best described as belligerent and profane."

Rogers apologized to the officer as she entered her guilty pleas during a hearing before Circuit Judge James Booras.

Boras placed her on probation for two years, fined her $200, ordered her to perform 200 hours of community service and told her to complete anger management counseling.

Kalata said Rogers could have faced up to five years in prison if she had been convicted after a trial.