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Police: Man Jumps Beer Line, Gashes Cop at Proud American Days

New Lenox police say a Channahon man jumped the beer line at Proud American Days and was charged with battery Friday night.

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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Tom Berry July 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Drunken idiot...what else is there to say?
NCV July 31, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Why was there a line at a beer booth?
Jim T. Cassidy July 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Mmmm Beeer.
David Vancina August 10, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Maybe alcohol shouldn't be a feature at this event.
Mrs. Frankfort August 14, 2012 at 05:20 PM
then the event wouldn't get as much of a draw... damned if you do damned if you don't

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