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Naked Man Jumps Into Stranger's Car After Being Tasered Twice: Prosecutors

By Erin Meyer | September 11, 2013 4:23pm | Updated on September 11, 2013 6:52pm
 Erik Mraz, 31, of suburban Glendale
Erik Mraz, 31, of suburban Glendale
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A "completely naked" man evaded cops in Logan Square and attempted to flee by jumping in the car of a passer-by, according to court records.

The man's apparent meltdown started overnight Monday outside of Oil Express, 2501 N. Western Ave., according to court records. Employees there called 911 to report "man running through the streets, completely naked" and banging on the shop windows with a metal rod.

Police arrived and saw the man run to an alley and dive into a dumpster. The officers ordered him out, but the man refused, records show.

The cops dragged him from the dumpster and zapped him with a Taser, according to court records.

The man allegedly pulled the pronged shockers out of his torso and cops tried again, tasering the man a second time to no avail.

The man then ran toward Western Avenue and into moving traffic, according to records. When one driver slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting the man, he dove into the car. 

When police finally stopped Erik Mraz, 31, of suburban Glendale, he was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer, reckless conduct and resisting arrest, police said.

A witness jumped in to help the two officers pull Mraz from the driver's car, police said.