After spitting in the face of a Lake County deputy and claiming to have a communicable disease on Saturday morning, a man is accused. According to police, a 47-year-old Beach Park resident was driving home at around 12:45 a.m. when she became aware that another car was following her. The woman spotted the same car pulling into her driveway after getting home, according to the police. She called her husband, who responded by going outside and confronting the car’s driver.
The victim’s husband begged the man, who has been identified as Ben Smart, 55, of Zion, to leave, but he refused. Sheriff’s deputies from Lake County responded when the victim dialed 911. When they arrived, sheriff’s deputies saw that Smart clearly had alcohol in his system. They also discovered that Smart had been using a vehicle with a suspended license.
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Sheriff’s deputies made an effort to apprehend Smart, but he actively resisted arrest and assaulted the deputies. After successfully taking Smart into custody, the deputies started to lead him to their squad cars. Smart spit repeatedly at the deputies as he moved toward the squad cars, hitting one of them in the face with his spit. Given that Smart was bleeding from his lip, officials believe that his saliva likely contained blood.
After spitting in the deputy’s face, Smart boasted about having a contagious illness. When Smart arrived at the Lake County Jail, the correctional officer tried to take him out of the squad car, but Smart resisted. Correctional officers had to use pepper spray to help them remove him from the squad car because of his resistance. Charges against Smart include aggravated violence on a peace officer, two charges of aggravated DUI, resisting a correctional officer, disorderly conduct, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
The Illinois Department of Corrections has Smart out on parole at the moment. On the basis of this occurrence, it is expected that the department of prisons would issue a no-bond warrant for parole violation. Due to the chance that Smart may have a communicable disease, the deputy who was spit on went to a local hospital for treatment and will now undergo long-term preventative treatment.
Sheriff John D. Idleburg remarked, “This is just one example of the many hazards that deputies and correctional employees confront on a daily basis.” “Our staff members come to work every day and professionally serve our community despite being aware of the risks and hazards. I sincerely hope that our deputy involved in this situation is unharmed.” Prior to a first court appearance on Saturday, Smart continues to be detained in the Lake County Jail.