It's typical St. Clair County.
Katherine O'Malley, the daughter of a former county judge, was ticketed on July 5 for hitting a pedestrian, but the sheriff's deputy who responded didn't formally test her to see if she was driving under the influence.
Sheriff Rick Watson said the deputy didn't think that was the problem. Right, some interesting landscaping distracted her. But anytime a motorist strikes a pedestrian, it seems to us that the person should be tested for intoxication.
Certainly O'Malley should have been tested. She has 49 previous traffic tickets and dated Sean McGilvery, a notorious heroin dealer. If her last name were Jones instead of O'Malley, we bet she would have been tested.
But in St. Clair County, politically connected people often seem to have the playing field tilted in their favor.
Those 49 traffic tickets? All but one were dismissed.
See why we're skeptical about how this accident was handled?