Merrillville man guilty of disarming police
Post-Tribune staff report May 2, 2013 4:40PM
Updated: June 4, 2013 6:34AM
A Lake Superior Court jury deliberated about three hours before convicting a Merrillville man Thursday of felony charges of disarming law enforcement, two counts of battery and two counts of resisting law enforcement.
The verdicts were returned against Stephen T. Perosky, 41. The jury acquitted Perosky of strangulation and using a stun gun on law enforcement.
Judge Salvador Vasquez scheduled a May 30 sentencing hearing. Perosky faces two to eight years on the disarming law enforcement charge and six months to three years on each of the other charges.
Evidence presented by deputy prosecutor Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst showed that Perosky became argumentative with Merrillville police officers who were called to Perosky’s residence on July 18, 2011, on West 77th Place to investigate an open 911 line. Perosky pushed one of the officers and began to fight with them. Police tasered Perosky several times but he continued to fight.
His girlfriend at the time told police Perosky had been using bath salts, which caused him to hallucinate and say crazy things.