Court Settles Question of Probation Error Cited in Officer's High-Speed Incident

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An apparent judicial error which put an Overland police officer on probation for 30 days for speeding over 130 mph in St. Charles County - has been resolved through an order in the officer's court file.

On his second-to-last day in office, former Associate Circuit Judge John T. Davis extended the officer's probationary period to six months, the minimum allowed by statute, according to Prosecuting Attorney Timothy A. Braun.

The officer, Bradley D. Palmer, 27, of O'Fallon, has completed the conditions of his probation, 20 hours of community service and attendance at a state-sanctioned driving school.

A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper caught Palmer speeding on Interstate 70 through St. Charles at 1:45 a.m. June 23. He was off-duty and driving a black, 1993 Camaro ZT.

On Nov. 29, Palmer pleaded guilty. Davis put Palmer on probation for 30 days. He also ordered Palmer to perform community service and to attend driving school. Twenty-nine days later, Palmer had not satisfied either condition of his probation.

Assistant Prosecutor Steven Kobal, after consulting with Braun, sought to stop the probation from ending. Kobal got an order from another judge that stopped the process until another judge could review it on Jan. 12.

Davis's term expired Jan. 1, after he lost his bid for re-election. …