An Alton Police Officer is facing a charge of driving under the influence following an incident in Godfrey Sunday night. 39 year old Christopher Mattila has also been cited for leaving the scene of two accidents and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He is currently on desk duty while he awaits the outcome of the criminal proceedings. Mattila was taken into custody by the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities say they received several calls from the public on hit-and-run accidents and believe Mattila allegedly was involved in two accidents Sunday night that caused property damage. One was reported at Tolle Lane and Godfrey Road around 8:23pm, then a second on Humbert Road at Richland Woods Drive around 8:29pm. Police report they found his abandoned vehicle along Seminary Road around 9:00pm, and according to witnesses, it matched a description of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run incidents. Deputies went to Mattila's home in Alton, but could not contact him. While attempting to obtain a search warrant, he opened the door and was taken into custody around 1:00am Monday. He later posted bond and was released. Mattila has been an officer with the Alton Police Department since 1996.