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Brothers cause disturbance at Joliet Police Department after arrest: cops

Two intoxicated brothers were arrested twice in the span of about an hour after they caused a loud disturbance, shouted derogatory insults at officers and caused a disturbance in front of the Joliet Police Department, police said.

About 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers went to Blackman Avenue and West Marion Street in reference to a disturbance, according to a Joliet police news release.

The officers arrived and determined that brothers James Dewitt, 32, and Phillip Dewitt, 34, both of Joliet, were intoxicated and involved in a loud disturbance with each other in the middle of the street, police said.

“When officers attempted to speak to them, both were uncooperative and continued to shout derogatory expletives towards responding officers and residents in the area,” police said.

The brothers were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and released on their own recognizance, police said. In Phillip Dewitt’s booking photo, he has a bloody injury on his forehead.

“Injury to Phillip Dewitt occurred prior to police contact,” police said.

About 9:05 p.m. the same night, officers went to the 100 block of West Washington Street in reference to another loud disturbance, police said.

The officers determined that the Dewitt brothers were in front of the Joliet Police Department causing a disturbance.

“Both individuals had just been released on an I-Bond from an earlier arrest and were angry and shouting about being arrested,” police said.

Phillip and James Dewitt shouted derogatory comments toward officers and refused to leave the area, police said.

Phillip Dewitt approached an officer “as if he was about to strike the officer,” police said. Officers attempted to place him in custody but James Dewitt repeatedly attempted to interfere with the arrest, police said.

Both men were arrested once again.

James Dewitt was released on his own recognizance while Phillip Dewitt was taken to the Will County jail on probable cause of aggravated assault. Phillip Dewitt remains in jail as of Thursday afternoon.

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