A thirsty Channahon man who cut the beer line at Proud American Days to help himself to a cold one ended up gashing a police officer while resisting arrest, New Lenox police said.
Benjamin Stech, 32, of Channahon, was charged with battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after a scuffle late Friday night at the Proud American Days festival.
According to New Lenox police, Stech became annoyed at having to wait in a line at the beer booth next to the entertainmen tent, so he jumped over the counter to help himself with a beer. He was asked to leave the tent.
Police were nearby and responded immediately, at about 11:30 p.m., to the commotion. Deputy Chief Bob Pawlisz said Stech resisted the team of officers attempting to arrest him.
One of the officers got a gash in the head.
Each of the three charges is a misdemeanor, Pawlisz said. Stech posted 10 percent of a $1,000 bond and was released.
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