CHAMPAIGN — Two Champaign brothers who got into a tussle with police outside a downtown bar early Saturday have been criminally charged.
Patrick Sterling, 23, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of Apricot Drive, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer while Zachariah Sterling, 22, of the same address, was charged with aggravated intimidation of an officer.
All those are Class 2 felony offenses carrying a maximum penalty of three to 14 years in prison upon conviction.
The brothers were arrested about 2:15 a.m. Saturday after an encounter with Champaign police who were trying to clear a parking lot in the 0-100 block of East Main Street.
Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Zachariah Sterling came out of the Highdive and was yelling at the bar staff and Champaign police who were standing on the sidewalk.
He allegedly said he could beat them and had the money to bond out of jail if necessary.
Patrick Sterling then told police he would take care of his brother, who continued to pound one fist into his other hand in a violent manner.
Officers told both men to leave but Zachariah Sterling then turned toward Officer Arthur Miller and said he was going to beat him and again punched his fist into his palm.
When Miller and Sgt. Geoffrey Coon put their hands on Zachariah Sterling to arrest him, Patrick Sterling then came up behind them and allegedly placed his arms around their necks in headlocks.
Other officers then came to their aid, getting Patrick Sterling off Miller and Coon. The group ended up on the ground.
The brothers were told to be back in court April 3 with their court-appointed attorneys. They are being held in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bond each.