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Police: ‘Highly Intoxicated’ Man Headbutts Cop, Sticks Head In Toilet

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Leonard Tatro (Credit: Palos Hills Police)

Leonard Tatro (Credit: Palos Hills Police)

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UPDATED 11/23/11 8:39 a.m.

PALOS HILLS (CBS) — An Oak Lawn man involved in a bar fight with a friend could have walked away with a slap on the wrist.

But police the highly intoxicated man went on a rampage that involved everything from head-butting a police officer to sticking his own head in the toilet, and now he is facing felony charges.

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As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Leonard Tatro, 28, of Oak Lawn, is charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor counts of battery, assault and criminal damage to property after the early Sunday incident, Palos Hills Deputy Police Chief James Boie said.

It all started when Tatro got into a fight with Steven Kernats, 22, of Burbank at Durbins bar, at 10154 S. Roberts Rd. in Palos Hills.

Police were called around 2 a.m., and both men were ejected from the bar. They went outside to catch a cab.

But instead of catching a cab, the men both got into a stranger’s unlocked car in the parking lot and sat down. When the owner of the approached and asked “What are you doing in my car?”, they responded. “Well, you have to give us a ride,” Boie said.

The owner said no, so Tatro punched him in the face. Kernats also tried to punch him, but missed, the deputy chief said.

But the real trouble started once Tatro was taken to the police station, Boie said. Kernats was charged with misdemeanor battery and bonded out, but Tatro immediately became violent with police. He wouldn’t remove items required during a pat down, then head-butted an officer twice.

Once handcuffed and placed in the cell, he put his own head in the toilet. Paramedics were called and he was taken to an area hospital, Boie said.

Boie said Tatro also began urinating on toilet paper and throwing it at the camera in the cell, then got a hold of a phone receiver outside the cell and broke it.

Tatro told officers he was going to kill himself, but later recanted and said he only threatened to get out of his cell, Boie said. He called Tatro “highly intoxicated.”

Tatro was ordered held on $50,000 bond and a preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 16 at the Bridgeview courthouse.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2011. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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