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Man arrested for driving into deputy


A Brook Park man is facing two felony charges for an incident on July 4 in which he drove into a Pine County deputy while he was driving.

Justin Roy Steiner, 31, of Brook Park, was charged with use of deadly force against a peace officer, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and driving after cancellation — inimical to public safety, a gross misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint, a deputy on routine patrol near Hinckley Road and Mallard Road noticed a vehicle swerve approximately a foot over the fog line. The deputy said Steiner then crossed it two more times. The deputy then tried to stop the vehicle to investigate for possible impairment. Then, the deputy put his emergency lights and siren on but Steiner did not stop.

The deputy then pulled alongside Steiner and motioned him to pull over but he continued driving, the complaint said.

Steiner then began to swerve from one side to the other on other roads in the area, and then two other deputies were called in to assist. The deputies tried to box Steiner to pull over, but the complaint said that Steiner then rammed his vehicle into one of the cars and the deputies allowed him to pass another deputy’s car to avoid injury.

As Steiner neared more populated areas, the officers were concerned for the safety of others. One of the deputies moved his squad car next to Steiner’s vehicle to edge him toward the edge of the road. The report said then Steiner tried to accelerate, and turned left into the squad, which resulted in Steiner’s vehicle flipping over multiple times.

The deputies and a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) agent assisted in removing Steiner from his car. He was brought to the hospital and transported to the county jail three days later.

Steiner had an active body only warrant against him for a probation violation.


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