Roused, Intoxicated Lake County Resident Attending DUI Impact Panel Attacks Sheriff’s Deputy

Nicholas R. Goheen, charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and other charges (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office).
Nicholas R. Goheen, charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and other charges (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

A Lake County Sheriff’s Sergeant sustained minor injuries while arresting an intoxicated man from Park City who was attending a victim impact panel for individuals previously arrested for DUI.

The Lake County Sheriff’s sergeant was providing security for the DUI impact panel event at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 in the block of 19300 block of West Washington Street, unincorporated Grayslake, to provide security for the event. The sheriff’s sergeant noticed a member of the audience sleeping. The sheriff’s sergeant woke the man and informed him one of the requirements to receive credit for attending was to stay awake. As the sheriff’s sergeant spoke to the man, later identified as Nicholas R. Goheen, age 41, of the 3400 block of Mary Avenue, Park City, he smelled alcohol coming from the man’s breath. The sheriff’s sergeant asked the man to exit the room.

As the sergeant spoke, Goheen became increasingly aggressive, at one point pushing the sheriff’s sergeant. The sheriff’s sergeant attempted to take Goheen into custody, but Goheen actively resisted and began pushing, grabbing, and scuffling with the sheriff’s sergeant. The sheriff’s sergeant was eventually able to take Goheen into custody.

The sheriff’s sergeant sustained minor injuries including abrasions and bruises. He was treated and released at a nearby hospital.

After reviewing the facts and circumstances of the case, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Goheen with …

aggravated battery to a peace officer (class 2 felony),

aggravated battery in a public place (class 3 felony),

resisting arrest, and

obstructing identification.

Goheen remains held in the Lake County Jail pending First Appearance Court this morning, Thursday, February 15, 2024.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.



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