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Police: Drunken Joliet man kicks in estranged wife's front door after birthday celebration

Wife had a protective order against husband

Patrick R. Dockery Sr.
Patrick R. Dockery Sr.

JOLIET – A Shorewood man was arrested after allegedly kicking in the front door of his estranged wife’s residence after the two celebrated his birthday in Chicago, police said.

Shortly after 12:34 a.m. Saturday, police officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Hammes Avenue, police said.

When the officers arrived, they learned that Patrick R. Dockery Sr., 43, of the 1700 block of Fieldstone Drive had kicked in the front door to the residence of his estranged 43-year-old wife, police said.

The wife claimed to police that, before the incident, she and Dockery were in Chicago celebrating his birthday, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said in an email. She ended up driving Dockery to her residence because he had reportedly been drinking, Gregory said.

Once there, Dockery’s wife told him to wait in the car while she went inside, Gregory said. She and her 29-year-old daughter claimed Dockery kicked in the front door, causing it to break, and pulled down window treatments, he said.

Officers later found Dockery on the sidewalk in front of the residence and arrested him according to police. Officers learned Dockery had an active protective order filed against him by his wife, who produced a copy of it to the officers, police said.

Dockery was charged with violating a protective order and criminal damage to property. He was taken to the Will County jail where he remained in custody Monday evening.

Dockery's bond was set at $25,000.

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