Hobart man accused of fighting with Chicago police, paramedics

2013-12-04T20:00:00Z 2013-12-04T22:15:58Z Hobart man accused of fighting with Chicago police, paramedicsElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
December 04, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

CHICAGO | A Hobart man was arrested Tuesday night and is accused of fighting with a Chicago officer and paramedics, police said. 

Joseph Zajac, 28, faces three counts of aggravated battery causing harm to a police officer and a charge of resisting a police officer. 

Chicago police were called at 7:15 p.m. to the 300 block of North LaSalle Drive after Zajac was seen stumbling in the street and appeared to be drunk, police said. Before police arrived, residents saw Zajac hit his head on the ground.

According to a police news release, Zajac began fighting with responders when they arrived. 

Police said Zajac hit a paramedic in the face, punched and kicked a Chicago officer and pushed another paramedic, police said. The paramedic that was pushed lost consciousness after she fell and hit her head on a railing. 

Zajac was treated for minor injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and released to police custody. The officer and paramedics were treated and released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

He was expected to have his first court appearance Wednesday.

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