The village of Oak Park reached a settlement agreement with police Officer Paul Fellows for $183,842, after he was put on permanent disability for an injury he suffered in 2015.
Fellows was injured while arresting a man suspected of stealing items from vehicles in the 600 block of South Kenilworth around midnight on March 31, 2015.
He will receive $147,052 for lost wages, and $36,768 will go toward attorney’s fees, according to the settlement agreement. Attorney Thomas Morrissey represented Fellows in his claim against the village of Oak Park.
Fellows fractured his right fibula after being called to investigate the report of a three men “trying car doors” in the area.
The officer was interviewing a suspect in the 600 block of Kenilworth and asked him for identification, but he refused. Fellows attempted to handcuff the suspect and a scuffle ensued.
According to the police report, the suspect went down to a knee and landed on the officer’s right foot. Fellows said he heard and felt two loud pops in his right leg, according to the report. The struggle continued and Fellows pepper-sprayed the man, causing him to comply.
Tyler Reilly was later identified as one of the men checking car doors to see if they were unlocked, but he was not charged with a crime due to lack of evidence.
He was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, obstructing identification and resisting a peace officer.