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Police: Romeoville teen pushed cop down stairs, bit his fingers

Brayden Dzimidas (left) and Michelle Dzimidas
Brayden Dzimidas (left) and Michelle Dzimidas

A Romeoville teen tried to run away from officers looking to arrest him on traffic charges but he ended up tripping over a bed frame at his home and landing on his face, police said.

Brayden Dzimidas, 18, also allegedly pushed a police sergeant down the stairs of his home in the 600 block of Sherwood Court and bit his fingers.

Because there was a formidable dog at Dzimidas’ home, one of the officers went inside with a fire extinguisher as a precaution, Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Steve Lucchesi said.

However, Dzimidas’ mother, Michelle Dzimidas, 58, grabbed the fire extinguisher by its handle, causing the device to discharge and spray everywhere, even on her stomach, Lucchesi said.

The incident began about 9 p.m. Feb. 7 when an officer spotted a gold Chevy Impala run a stop sign, Lucchesi said.

Brayden Dzimidas was driving the car and evaded the officer who tried to catch up to him, Lucchesi said.

The officer later found the car in the driveway of a home in the 600 block of Sherwood Court. The lights in the home were still on, the car was still running and Brayden Dzimidas could be seen through a window, Lucchesi said.

When officers knocked on the door, Michelle Dzimidas answered and claimed her son wasn’t home, Lucchesi said. The officers told her that they could see him through a window, he said, and Michelle Dzimidas told the officers to leave.

One of the officers entered the home with a fire extinguisher just in case the dog inside “was going to be a problem,” Lucchesi said. But the mother grabbed it and the device discharged, he said.

A friend of Brayden Dzimidas who was at the home told the officers he was hiding in a room, Lucchesi said.

The officers went into the room and saw he was locked inside of the adjoining bathroom, Lucchesi said, so the officers forced their way inside.

As the officers handcuffed Brayden Dzimidas, he yelled threats and he appeared to be intoxicated, Lucchesi said.

Brayden Dzimidas and his mother were arrested. He remains in custody at the Will County jail.

Lucchesi said Michelle Dzimidas was arrested for attempting to interfere with the officers who entered her home.

Michelle Dzimidas later was released on her own recognizance.

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