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Police: Bad reaction riles up Mokena man

Scott M. Ray Jr., 19, Mokena
Scott M. Ray Jr., 19, Mokena

A Mokena man was having a bad drug reaction when he called the police for help but he ended up punching the responding officer in the face and attacking his squad car, police said.

About 1:30 a.m. Monday, an officer was sent to the area of Woodlawn Road and Southgate Road after receiving a call of a man claiming he was having a bad reaction to drugs he took. The officer arrived and saw Scott M. Ray Jr., 19, of the 19500 block of Midland Avenue, Mokena, in the street, New Lenox Deputy Police Chief Louis Alessandrini said.

Ray ran up to the officer and said he was having a bad reaction to the drug he took, Alessandrini said. Ray was grabbing the officer and screaming for help, he said. Ray then moved toward the door of the squad car and allegedly indicated he wanted to drive it.

The officer tried to assess the situation but Ray reportedly began to punch the squad car and then the officer in the face, police said. The officer tried to get Ray to calm down and drew his Taser, Alessandrini said. When Ray complied with the officer’s orders, the officer decided not to use the Taser, he said.

Ray was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox for treatment.

On Tuesday, Ray then was taken to the Will County jail, where is being held on a $2,500 bond. He’s been charged with aggravated battery to a police officer. He was slated to appear for a bond hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Alessandrini said the officer was not significantly hurt.

“We’re thankful no one was hurt,” he said.

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