Bath salts linked to stun gun assault on officer

2011-07-21T11:00:00Z 2011-07-21T12:00:04Z Bath salts linked to stun gun assault on officerBy Chas Reilly, (219) 662-5324

MERRILLVILLE | A 39-year-old Merrillville man -- who police believe may have been under the influence of bath salts --  took a stun gun from a Merrillville patrolman and used it on another officer, police said.

Merrillville police were dispatched to a home on West 77th Place early Monday in response to a 911 call, court documents state.

While there, the woman who called 911 was leaving the residence followed by a man later identified as Stephen Perosky, police said.

Perosky allegedly became argumentative with officers while they were attempting to investigate the situation, and he began fighting with police, according to court documents.

Officers wrestled Perosky to the ground but couldn't get the man's arms behind his back, police said. An officer threatened to use a stun gun on Perosky if he didn't cooperate, but Perosky continued to struggle with officers, court documents allege.

The stun gun was activated, but Perosky allegedly pulled the probes from the device out of his skin and broke the wires. An officer later fell on one of the pulled probes and it became lodged in his knee, according to the documents.

At some point, Perosky allegedly took a stun gun from a patrolman and used it on another officer. He also is accused of biting one officer and striking another.

As the struggle continued, officers used a stun gun on Perosky again but he continued to struggle, court documents state.

Police said Perosky eventually was taken into custody after additional officers arrived to the scene.

Following the incident, the woman who called 911 told police she lives with Perosky and that the suspect was using bath salts as a recreational drug on Sunday. The substance is snorted and can cause hallucinations, police said.

Perosky allegedly choked the woman late Sunday after taking bath salts and forced the woman out of her bed by pulling her hair early Monday, police said.

Perosky is charged with disarming a law enforcement officer, using a stun gun on a law enforcement officer, strangulation, two counts of battery and two counts of resisting law enforcement in Lake Criminal Court, police said.

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