A Vermilion County deputy’s job remains in limbo following his arrest for driving under the influence late last week.

Deputy Ryan Goodner of Hoopeston was arrested by an Illinois State Police trooper early Thursday morning on charges of driving under the influence along Illinois State Route 1 just south of Rossville.

Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said Goodner is not working now, instead taking vacation he previously scheduled.

A meeting was set for Monday afternoon to discuss the 28-year-old Goodner’s future once he returns from vacation, Hartshorn said Monday morning.

“We take it very seriously, and so does the officer, I might add,” Hartshorn said, calling the DUI stop a “violation of rules in regulations.”

Hartshorn could not be reached in the afternoon for comment on any decision reached.

Goodner also faces traffic charges for speeding related to the traffic stop, which took place about a half mile south of County Road 3390N as he was driving north.

The state trooper stopped Goodner because of the speeding — which was allegedly 21-25 mph more than the posted 55 mph speed limit, according to the charges.

The sheriff added no erratic driving was noted.

Hartshorn also said Goodner was off duty in his own vehicle at the time of the arrest.

Court charges of DUI and speeding were filed on Thursday against Goodner, who is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Jan. 30.

“It’s proceeding in court, just like anyone else’s would,” he said.

Goodner has no other DUI cases on his record in Vermilion County and only one traffic case — a speeding charge from 1998 in which he served four months of court supervision.

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