Thursday, February 18, 2010

Foot chase ends with injured officer

POSTED: February 17, 2010
A St. Clair Township police officer was slightly injured Tuesday following a foot chase near Cannons Mill Road. (Photo by Wayne Maris)

CALCUTTA -Unsettled by the sound of screaming at 46222 Walker Road, a nearby resident contacted the St. Clair Police Department Tuesday afternoon.
Sergeant Brian McKenzie and Officer Scott Mick were en route to the residence at approximately 1:14 p.m. when dispatch advised that a male subject had left the residence and was walking toward Y & O Road.
McKenzie and Mick were able to locate the male, a James B. Oiler, 26, at the Cannons Mill Road and Wyoming Avenue intersection.
Oiler told the officers that he had been in an altercation with his wife, Lori Oiler, 27, at the Walker Road residence.
McKenzie said the officers discovered via radio traffic that North Star Ambulance was called to the residence to treat Lori Oiler for injuries.
James Oiler was then placed in the back of McKenzie's patrol car and both he and Mick went to the residence to check on his wife.
At the residence, Lori Oiler informed the officers she had been in a physical altercation with her husband and alleged he had slammed her on the floor and into a wall, as well as bouncing her head off of a glass table, which resulted in the table being broken.
After being treated for injuries at the residence, Lori Oiler was then transferred by North Star Ambulance to the East Liverpool City Hospital.
"Through the investigation it was determined that both parties were just as at fault as the other one," McKenzie said.
The situation then took a turn for the worse after officers advised James Oiler he was going to be charged with domestic violence, in addition to violating a restraining order that had been taken out on him by his wife.
McKenzie said James Oiler began to resist arrest, causing Mick to deploy his Taser. The Taser apparently did not make "adequate" contact because it had no effect, he said.
A foot chase then ensued down Walker Road to the intersection of Walker Road and Lyle Street. During the chase, Mick was able to flag down a neighbor on a four-wheeler who allowed him to ride as they pursued James Oiler.
After Mick was able to catch up to James Oiler a struggle then took place between the two which resulted in Mick using his mace.
However, James Oiler got up from the ground after being maced and shoved Mick in the chest, pushing him across the road, McKenzie said. He had also scooped up some snow that contained the mace and threw it in Mick's face.
"(Mick) encountered James again to take him to the ground and at that time both of them were pretty much unable to see," McKenzie said.
Officers from the East Liverpool City Police Department, Liverpool Township, and Drug Enforcement Administration agents then arrived on the scene to assist McKenzie and Mick with the arrest.
Family members had also shown up at the area, which created an issue between Mick and James Oiler, McKenzie said. The family was also present earlier at the residence.
"James was cooperative up until the point that his family arrived and it kind of went down hill from there," McKenzie said.
The foot chase lasted about 10 minutes and James Oiler was taken into custody at 2:15 p.m., according to McKenzie.
James Oiler was charged with domestic violence, violating a restraining order, resisting arrest and assault of a police officer, which is a felony. He was then transported to the hospital for injuries, and ingestion of pills.
McKenzie said James Oiler had ingested about a dozen small blue pills after he was told earlier that he was going to be charged.
"He told us he was not going to be placed under arrest, ingested the pills and took off," he said.
McKenzie added that up until that point, both Lori and James Oiler did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Mick was transported to the hospital by St. Clair Township Police Chief Don Hyatt. He was treated and released later in the day.


Tallsc11 said...

"Through the investigation it was determined that both parties were just as at fault as the other one," McKenzie said.
.... in addition to violating a restraining order that had been taken out on him by his wife. What I dont get is how can it be her fault too if he wasnt even allowed near her.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, there are a lot of times when these ladies will get the restraining order and then a week later let the guy move back in. I don't know if that is what happened here, though it sounds like it.