Phillip Lillard

Phillip Lillard

An allegedly intoxicated man was arrested Sunday at Deep River Waterpark for public intoxication and battering law enforcement after causing a disturbance at the pool, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

Phillip Lillard, 36, of Gary, remained in custody as of Monday morning. 

An off-duty officer working security at Deep River said he was advised by staff just before 6 p.m. of a man who appeared intoxicated and was dangerously and improperly going down the water slide. 

Lillard allegedly had watery and blood shot eyes, and was acting "very belligerent" towards staff and security while refusing to comply with the officer's request to calm down, the report states. 

Once handcuffed, Lillard then tried to "pull away violently and attempted to flee," so the officer brought him to the ground as he continued to struggle, the report said. The officer suffered injuries to his hand during the struggle. 

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Several members of Lillard's family then arrived and began yelling at the officer for having him in custody. Other police departments from Merrillville, Lake County and Winfield were called in to assist. 

While walking through the facility's filter building toward the squad cars, the man "banged his own head on a pipe ... in a deliberate manner before officers could prevent," causing a small head laceration, the report states. He further banged his head against the interior back window of the squad car, the report states. 

He was taken to the Lake County Jail, where he will be charged with battery on law enforcement, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, and refusal to identify, according to a report.

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.