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Man Pepper-Sprayed After Punching Cop in the Face: Police

David Garcia of Plainfield is also believed to have been reaching for a box cutter when he was arrested early Saturday, cops said.

David Garcia. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
David Garcia. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
A passenger in a vehicle couldn't keep his mouth shut during a traffic stop — and it helped land him in jail, according to police.

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  • David Garcia, 22, of 2601 Joe Alder Dr. in unincorporated Plainfield, is charged with two counts of aggravated battery and resisting a police officer, according to Will County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer.

    Garcia was in the backseat of a car when the driver allegedly ran a red light at Jefferson Street and Route 59 in Shorewood at around 2:50 a.m. Saturday, Hoffmeyer said.

    Sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop on the vehicle, and spoke with the driver and front-seat passenger, police said.

    Although the driver was cooperative, Garcia allegedly began yelling at police from the backseat, prompting deputies to ask him to step out of the vehicle, Hoffmeyer said.

    After Garcia repeatedly refused to get out of the car, deputies began to forcibly remove him from the vehicle — at which point, Garcia allegedly punched a deputy in the face, Hoffmeyer said.

    Police said Garcia also appeared to be reaching for something in the backseat. Deputies found a box cutter where he had been sitting, Hoffmeyer said.

    After Garcia hit the officer, he was pepper-sprayed but continued to resist, Hoffmeyer said. Officers were eventually able to subdue him, she said.

    Hoffmeyer said the deputy who was punched was treated and released from Silver Cross Hospital. Despite sporting a swollen eye in his booking photo, Garcia was not taken to the hospital, according to police.

    The driver of the car was cited for disregarding a traffic-control device, Hoffmeyer said.

    According to jail records, in addition to aggravated battery of an officer and resisting an officer, Garcia was also charged with obstruction of justice and battery.

    Bond information for Garcia was not immediately available Monday. He remained in custody at the Will County jail.

    JB December 30, 2013 at 01:43 PM
    Another BS arrest- the cops had no reason to pull him out of the back seat- also both parties get hit in face but only copper goes to hospital- typical will county - they do what they want ...until a lawsuit will shut them down
    Tony December 30, 2013 at 02:01 PM
    They should have used a stun gun, all he had to do was sit in the back seat and remain silent,law suit what a joke.
    Mayhem December 30, 2013 at 05:20 PM
    Wow, another brain surgeon on the loose from Plainfield. No surprise there. He got far less than what he deserved.
    joe December 30, 2013 at 05:58 PM
    Gee JB, it sounds like you had your fair share of run in with the Police. I'm sure they were totally wrong in arresting you, and you won some compensation for your wrongful mistreatment.
    Mayhem December 30, 2013 at 06:00 PM
    Its the Mayfair way!
    Fernando December 30, 2013 at 09:16 PM
    JB, I hope you get exactly what is coming to you one day-hope you also get to deal with a 22 year old piece of garbage at 2:30 in the morning and he talks to you with all the repsect you deserve
    Vicky Polito December 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM
    It certainly wouldn't excuse or justify the actions, but this guy had to be drunk or high. How else did he conclude that yelling from the back seat during a traffic stop that actually didn't much concern HIM and then hitting an officer, etc., were the winning choices?
    JB December 31, 2013 at 02:40 PM
    Will county lock up is horrible -the pos that work there brah about what they do to people & Fernando I can deal with a mouthy 22 year old with out hitting him - abuse of power!

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