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October 5, 2013

Arrestee kicks out deputy’s car window

ENID, Okla. — The Garfield County Sheriff's Office has taken a patrol car out of service to repair a window that was kicked out Saturday.

Sheriff Jerry Niles said that 24-year-old Michael Sweeny of Spokane, Wash., kicked out the window and damaged the door of a deputy’s cruiser.

Sweeny had been placed in handcuffs and arrested following a traffic stop. Deputy Zach McElveen made contact with Sweeny’s car about 4 a.m. Saturday. In the 6000 block of East U.S. 412, McElveen noticed the vehicle was driving erratically.

Upon investigation, Niles said, it turned out to have been a “rolling domestic” incident between the driver, Sweeny, and a female passenger. As the deputy was interviewing Sweeny, he noticed the suspect had an odor of an intoxicant on his person, according to Niles.

A field sobriety test was issued, and Sweeny was then taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence and transporting an open container.

Deputy McElveen then began interviewing the woman and checking to see if she had any injuries. Niles said that’s when Sweeny kicked the window out.

“Another officer was called to transport Sweeny to the jail and he was charged with malicious injury to property,” Niles said.

Deputies were able to place him in leg shackles for transport. Sweeny’s vehicle was towed, and the deputy’s patrol car will have to be taken in for a body work estimate. Along with the window, Niles said the door was damaged as well.

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