Apr 14, 2015 7:23 PM by Brian Doyle
The city of Chico and its police department have been thrust into the national spotlight after a celebrity news website published dramatic video depicting a struggle between officers and a DUI suspect two months ago.
The cell phone video, submitted to Action News Now two months ago, captures the February 18 arrest of Sean Reardon. The video, along with Reardon's account of the incident was published by TMZ Tuesday morning.
According to the Chico Police Department, officers attempted to pull over Reardon around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday February 18, but Reardon sped off in his Chevy Suburban.
A pursuit ensued, during which Reardon reportedly hit a black Lexus on Salem Street near 6th Street and then slammed into a parked car on Salem Street near Normal Street.
Police say that after he hit the second parked car, Reardon got out of the Suburban and initially complied with demands to get on the ground, however a short time later he allegedly reached into his pockets in a threatening manner and a struggle with officers ensued.
An Action News Now viewer was standing at the corner of 6th and Normal and captured the now infamous video that shows officers attempting to take Reardon into custody. In the video, one officer is seen striking Reardon in the legs with a baton several times, while another attempts to place him in handcuffs.
According to the report by TMZ, Reardon has filed a claim against the city of Chico alleging he was struck "multiple times with extreme violence, with a baton, club or stick without provocation." Additionally Reardon says he suffered acute respiratory failure, and multiple broken bones leaving him in ICU for four days.
Reardon is facing charges of recklessly evading a police officer, hit and run, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license.
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