Darien Couple Charged with Assault During Hit-and-Run Investigation
A Downers Grove police officer used pepper spray at a home in unincorporated Darien to combat what he called "bizarre" behavior, reports said.
A husband and wife were charged with aggravated assault after a confrontation with a Downers Grove police officer at their home in unincorporated Darien, police said.
The officer went to Theresa and David Miller’s home to investigate their daughter Mercedes Miller’s possible involvement with a hit-and-run accident in Ultra Food’s parking lot, 1212 75th St., Downers Grove, police said. An officer said he saw a van in the driveway with damage consistent with witness and victim reports of the accident.
David Miller, 52, of the 00W200 block of 71st Street in unincorporated Darien, answered the door and slammed it shut when the officer told him he was there to talk about the incident, police said.
The officer said he saw David Miller, who appeared “highly agitated,” looking at him through the window. David Miller opened the front door and began yelling at the officer, police said. Theresa Miller, also 52, appeared and began talking to the officer as well, police said.
The officer said the couple was “acting in a bizarre fashion,” so he readied his pepper spray and told them they were interfering with his investigation.
David Miller moved quickly toward the van and the officer sprayed him in the face with the pepper spray, police said. As the officer grabbed his arm, Theresa Miller rushed toward the officer, the report said. He sprayed her as well, police said.
The couple went into the house shortly before backup from the Downers Grove and Darien police departments and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office arrived. Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District personnel gave the couple medical attention for the pepper spray.
In addition to the aggravated assault charges, officers charged David and Theresa Miller with obstructing justice. Mercedes Miller, 19, was cited with leaving the scene of an accident.