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Police Pepper Spray 'Erratic' Man at Millennium Metra Station; 2 Hurt

By Erin Meyer | May 14, 2014 6:44pm
 The Millennium Station on the Metra.
The Millennium Station on the Metra.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Two Metra police officers suffered minor injuries after they were hit by a discharge of pepper spray they had used in an effort to subdue an "erratic" man in the Millennium Station Tuesday evening, police said.

Adam Slagter, 19, of West Olive, Mich., was yelling and behaving incoherently in the Millennium Metra Station at 151 E. Randolph St. at 5 p.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Slagter threw his sunglasses to the ground and stomped on them, "causing a crowd to gather," according to a police report on the incident.

Three Metra police officers approached the man. One of them ordered Slagter to pick up the broken parts, according to the report.

"Slagter then looked each officer up and down," the report states. "At that point, Slagter then took a lunge at [one of the officers]."

The three officers attempted to put Slagter under arrest, but he fought, according to the document. One of the officers tried to make the man comply by using a baton. When that didn't work, the other two officers sprayed Slagter with pepper spray.

They eventually got Slagter in handcuffs, but he remained "aggressive and combative" even when placed in a holding cell, according to a report.

Two of the officers suffered injuries related to the discharge of pepper spray, including swollen eyes and chest pains from inhaling the spray, according to the report.

They were treated at a hospital.

Slagter was also taken to the hospital, where he continued to behave aggressively and had to be restrained, police said.

The Michigan man was charged with multiple counts of battery to a police office, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

When he appeared briefly in court for a bond hearing Wednesday, prosecutors alleged that cocaine was discovered in Slagter's system.

A Cook County judge set Slagter's bail at $20,000 and forbade him from leaving the state for now.

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