Tinley Park Officer Tases DUI Suspect After Arrest

Matthew Dyer, 20, of Frankfort, was tased by a Tinley Park Police officer after a DUI arrest where he reportedly attempted to get out of his handcuffs and kick the arresting officers. On September 26, Dyer’s vehicle ran off the road and hit a light pole at the Harlem Avenue exit ramp of eastbound I-80. The Tinley Park Police, Fire Department, Illinois State Police all responded to the accident. Dyer refused medical treatment and after conducting a DUI investigation, he was placed under arrest by the state troopers who decided to transport Dyer to the Tinley Park Police Department.

According to the police report, during the transport, the state trooper pulled into a gas station because Dyer “had manipulated his handcuffs from the rear of his body to the front” and posed a safety risk. Dyer then began hitting the patrol car’s plexiglass divider and threatened the trooper. Once removed from the vehicle, officers attempted to re-secure the handcuffs but Dyer allegedly began kicking the troopers. At that point, a Tinley Park officer reportedly tased Dyer in the lower back.

Dyer was eventually booked into Will County Jail before being released on a $5,000 bond. He is charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, resisting a peace officer, and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana. The possession charge was later dropped.

Cop Tases Frankfort Driver Who Tussled With Troopers After DUI Arrest, www.patch.com, October 5, 2012

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