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Lily Lake man charged in struggle with sheriff's deputies, paramedic

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:29 p.m. CDT
Stephen S. Potisuk

LILY LAKE – A western Kane County man faces felony charges after struggling with sheriff's deputies and shoving a paramedic who was trying to treat someone at his home, according to a Kane County Sheriff's Office report.

Stephen S. Potisuk, 59, of the 44W100 block of Empire Road, Lily Lake, was charged Thursday, June 19, with resisting police, a Class 2 felony; and two counts of aggravated battery – one for reportedly grabbing a deputy and shoving him, and one for shoving a lieutenant paramedic. Those charges are a Class 2 felony and a Class 3 felony, respectively.

Two deputies responded to Potisuk's residence just before 10 p.m. to assist medics trying to treat a patient, police reported.

Upon arrival, a deputy reportedly escorted a "belligerent and aggressive" Potisuk outside the house to cool off. A lieutenant paramedic reportedly told the deputies Potisuk pushed her when she tried to go upstairs to treat the patient.

Deputies warned Potisuk he could be arrested if he interfered with medical treatment, police reported. Potisuk, however, went into the house and began telling the medics what to do, police said.

He reportedly put his hands on the patient as a form of consoling, but the patient pulled away and ordered him to go. Despite deputies' orders to step back, Potisuk refused, police said.

"He turned and came right up in my face, literally inches away, and began to argue," police reported.

Potisuk's behavior – which included yelling at the deputies and talking over the medics – made it more difficult for authorities to understand the patient, police said.

A struggle between Potisuk and the deputies ensued, police said, and deputies eventually got him to the ground to be handcuffed. A deputy, however, was injured in that process.

The deputy was treated and released that night and is still being evaluated for his injuries, sheriff's spokesperson Lt. Pat Gengler said in an email.

Gengler said he couldn't go into detail about the deputy's injuries, but he said they are severe enough to require him to be off work.

Potisuk is expected in court Friday.

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