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UPDATE: Police say accused DUI deputy claimed car was stolen and he took Uber home

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PEORIA (WEEK) - A former Peoria County Sheriff's Deputy told investigators his car had been stolen the night it was involved in a hit and run crash.

Andrew Engelbrecht, 35, would resign after the events of Saturday night, when an SUV registered to him hit a car in downtown Peoria at the intersection of Spalding and Adams.

Police would determine a dark, Mazda CX9 ran a red light just before 11 p.m, and hit another car, a black Chevy Impala which sustained "major rear end damage", according to police records obtained by 25News.

Two people went to the hospital with what were termed "minor injuries".

But the SUV driver didn't stop and police found the vehicle abandoned a few blocks away, on Adams.

It was registered to Peoria County Deputy Andrew Engelbrecht.

Once located, the report indicates Engelbrecht claimed his car had been stolen that night from Peacock's Pub in Bartonville and that he took an Uber home.

He went on to say he was about to report the theft, but Peoria police investigators found no stolen car report in Bartonville.

Records show they did find video evidence from the bar that apparently contradicted that story, although the exact findings were redacted.

The officer writes, "it is my belief that Andrew Engelbrecht obstructed a police investigation."

Five days later -- on Thursday morning -- Engelbrecht came to the police station for questioning and was arrested.

He posted bond but is under investigation for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, obstructing an officer and other, related charges.

Engelbrecht resigned from the sheriff's department over the weekend.

Tyler Lopez

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