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Report: After Irving Park bar fight, man bit hospital thermometer in half

July 15, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A suburban man was arrested Sunday evening after a bar fight at Irving Park's Pitchfork escalated, state prosecutors said, ending after the man assaulted a police officer and later a hospital employee.

Neil Surati, 24, of Arlington Heights, was charged with three counts of aggravated battery to a police officer and one count of criminal damage to property--the latter charge was for snapping a hospital thermometer in two with his teeth after he was arrested and brought to Swedish Covenant Hospital on North California Avenue for treatment, according to court records.

Surati was already restrained by bar security guards when police officials arrived outside the bar at 2922 W. Irving Park Road, the police report said, when police officers arrived at the bar. The offender was "very combative," the report said, spitting on the officers and shouting expletives at them, at one point biting one officer.

Surati appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and was held on $25,000 bond.

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