BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP – A driver led officers on a chase early Tuesday morning and struck a police cruiser, police said.
Edward Hiener, 27, of 1296 State Route 7, Brookfield, was charged with resisting arrest and improperly traveling on a road.
Police said Hiener led police on a chase beginning at 1:16 a.m. Tuesday, when a Brookfield police officer saw him driving his car along Route 7 in the township with his lights flashing, said Brookfield Township police Chief Dan Faustino.
The officer followed Hiener, who eventually began driving north in the road’s southbound lane “for quite a while,’’ Faustino said.
Hiener narrowly missed striking a car traveling in the proper direction, Faustino said. The police officer tried unsuccessfully to get Hiener’s attention, Faustino said.
A second officer joined the chase and police got in front of Hiener in an attempt to stop him. But Faustino said he hit one of the cruisers, damaging the vehicle’s left front.
Hiener then stopped and exited his car, “advancing towards the officers aggressively,’’ Faustino said. He refused to comply with police instruction to show his hands.
Police deployed a Taser on Hiener but it didn’t penetrate his coat, Faustino said. After struggling him to the ground police used a technique known as a “drive Taser,” where officers place the device’s leads directly on the target instead of firing the electrode leads. After the second Taser deployment, Hiener was subdued and taken into custody.
Brookfield Division of Fire/EMS assisted at the scene. Faustino said he did not believe Hiener was injured while being taken into custody, but police took him to St. Elizabeth Medical Center for examination.
Even though one of the township’s police vehicles was damaged, Faustino said the incident ended about as well as possible.
“It was a foggy night,’’ Faustino said. “Thank God no one was hurt.’’