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Wisconsin Man Charged In Illinois State Trooper's Death

COOK COUNTY - The State's Attorney's Office announces charges against a man who alledly was behind the wheel when he struck and killed an Illinois State Trooper.

COOK COUNTY - The State's Attorney's Office announces charges against a man who allegedly was behind the wheel when he struck and killed an Illinois State Trooper.

Andrew Bokelman, 25, of Lomira, was taken into custody Wednesday morning after he surrendered to District 15 investigators, the same district Trooper James Sauter worked for.  Sauter was killed last March when a truck tractor-semi trailer struck him on I-294 at Willow Road.

Bokelman is accused of driving a commercial vehicle while fatigued, violating a consecutive hours driving period law, and making a false report.

"No fine or jail time can begin to replace the courage and honor of this exceptional Trooper, son, and husband" says ISP Director Hiram Grau.  "The men and women of the Illinois State Police will never forget James' unselfish sacrifice and his service to this agency and we will always honor his legacy."

Sauter was only 28 years old when he died.

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