Lake County deputy arrested after bar fight

2012-09-17T21:15:00Z 2012-09-17T21:35:05Z Lake County deputy arrested after bar fightLindsay Machak lindsay.machak@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | An off-duty Lake County officer was arrested after a Hammond police officer observed him engaging in a fight involving an off-duty Chicago police officer Saturday, police reports state.

Hammond police took Louis Vasquez into custody on charges of battery and disorderly conduct Saturday after a fight outside Flick's Tavern, 6205 Kennedy Ave.

Hammond police allege Vasquez attempted to slam a woman to the ground outside the bar, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A responding Hammond officer grabbed Vasquez as he was allegedly fighting with the woman, the affidavit states.

The woman told Hammond police that she was punched in the face by Vasquez as she tried to break up a fight between him and another man inside the bar, according to the affidavit.

The other man in the fight inside the bar fled the area before Hammond police could speak with him, the affidavit states.

That man, who Vasquez identifies as an off-duty Chicago police officer, sparked the fights inside the bar and outside of it, according to a police report written by Vasquez and filed with Lake County police.

In the county report, Vasquez admitted to pushing the woman out of his way as she attacked him outside the bar.

Vasquez alleges the woman was the aggressor and he was the victim of battery.

He said the woman, a man and the Chicago police officer attacked him inside the bar as he tried to intervene in a fight between the Chicago officer and a bouncer. He alleges the Chicago police officer punched the bar's bouncer in the face, causing a dispute.

Charges were pending against Vasquez late Monday night, according to the Lake County online court docket.

John Cantrell, the attorney representing Vasquez, said Vasquez's arrest is a misunderstanding.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich was notified of the fights and was waiting to review the police reports Monday night, sheriff's spokeswoman Patti Van Til said.

Buncich was expected to review the reports and determine a course of action Tuesday, she said.

Chicago police did not return a request for comment.

Cantrell said he and Vasquez have a meeting scheduled for Thursday with the Chicago Police Department to discuss its officer's alleged actions.

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