Plea brings prison in incident with officer that was posted to YouTube

Plea brings prison in incident with officer that was posted to YouTube

URBANA — A Savoy man whose attempt to intervene in a woman's arrest was posted on YouTube has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Charles Grindley, 37, of the 100 block of West Main Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, admitting to Judge Heidi Ladd that on April 6, he slugged Champaign police officer Cully Schweska in the face twice, causing a cut and swelling to his face.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said Champaign police had responded to an assist motorist call and learned that the car that had problems belonged to a woman for whom the police may have had an arrest warrant.

Schweska found the woman at a gas station on North Prospect Avenue and was about to detain her for questioning when Grindley came at him aggressively and wouldn't step away, Clifton said.

Clifton said Grindley ended up wrestling with Schweska and hit him in the face. Police had also used pepper spray to stop Grindley but he continued to resist officers even after being sprayed. According to police, he spat at and continued to yell obscenities at them even after being handcuffed.

Grindley has prior convictions for battery, domestic battery and unlawful restraint, Clifton said.

Part of the altercation between Grindley and police was posted on YouTube a few days after Grindley's arrest. Police said officers acted appropriately in response to Grindley's aggression.

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