Peoria Police Officer resigns before heading to court

By WEEK Creative Services

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Police officer John Couve resigned from the department on Thursday, before going into Circuit Court to plead guilty to a charge of attempted obstruction of justice.

Couve's troubles with the law began in July of last year, when he crashed a city-owned car into a power transmitted and then attempted to hide his involvement in the accident.

He was placed on leave after being indicted.

In addition to the 90-days in jail, Couve must serve a two year period of probation.