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Man, 30, charged with disarming, attacking police officer during Crown Point traffic stop

Man, 30, charged with disarming, attacking police officer during Crown Point traffic stop

CROWN POINT — A Cedar Lake man was arrested Tuesday on allegations he disarmed and attacked a police officer during a routine traffic stop in Crown Point.

A Crown Point police officer was on patrol about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when she spotted a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt speeding at 62 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit zone, court records state.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued until he eventually parked outside a business in the 2200 block of North Main Street in Crown Point.

The driver, 30-year-old Matthew R. Myers, started digging through a box in the vehicle's back seat after he was asked for his license. The officer told him to stop, and he replied, “Why don't you (expletive) off,” records state.

The defendant allegedly got out of the vehicle, grabbed the officer's arm, and told her “I'm not going to jail,” records state. The officer attempted to pepper spray the man, but he knocked the weapon out of her hand and punched her repeatedly in the face, records state.

The officer pulled out her gun, and the man said she was “crazy,” records state. Other officers arrived at the scene and Myers was taken into custody, despite fighting with the officers.

The officer was treated at St. Anthony Hospital for injuries to her face and a concussion, records state.

Myers was charged Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with disarming a law enforcement officer, battery to a public safety official resulting in bodily injury, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, two counts of resisting law enforcement and battery by bodily waste.

Myers has prior misdemeanor convictions for criminal trespassing, invasion of privacy and resisting law enforcement, court records state.

He was in custody Thursday on a $100,000 surety bond, records state.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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