Police reports reveal details of night Peoria City Councilman Zach Oyler was arrested for domestic battery

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PEORIA, Ill. — The wife of Peoria City Councilman Zach Oyler claims her husband was drunk when the two had an argument that lead to Zach Oyler’s arrest.

According to police reports WMBD requested via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Oyler’s wife, Heather told a Peoria Police Department officer “stuff had gone on for a long time and he came home drunk. Zachary had been drinking all day and [Heather] denied any drinking on this date.”

An officer spoke with Oyler and reported smelling the strong odor of alcohol. The councilman told the officer he met a friend earlier in the evening and had “a little” to drink.

Police reports state an officer on scene used his flashlight to look at Heather’s neck and chest, he then saw several areas that were red, the marks looked fresh and appeared to have come from the fight.

Oyler was arrested July 30.

PPD police chief Loren Marion said Oyler was arrested for aggravated domestic battery, interfering with a report of domestic violence, and unlawful restraint.

Officers responded to a residence in the 3000 block of N Bigelow just before 9:30 p.m., in reference to trouble with a man, who was identified as Oyler. According to police reports, when they arrived they could hear a woman screaming from the home. An initial investigation revealed the victim alleged that a domestic battery had occurred.

Oyler told police he and his wife had an argument that night and his wife got angry. Heather told officers Zach arrived home and got mad at her. She said she asked Zach to go get dinner, and he said he wasn’t hungry, therefore she didn’t need to eat either.

Heather filed an order of protection against him on July 31.

According to the order of protection, Heather alleges that after Oyler returned home from a bar, he yelled at her, took her telephone and assaulted her.

Heather ultimately retrieved her phone and called 911. Heather claimed the dispatcher told her to stay on the phone and they heard the incident. According to the police report, Heather says that’s when Zach Oyler heard her on the phone. He then came back into the bedroom and started yelling at her for calling police. In the order of protection Heather claimed he wrapped his arm around her neck.

The order of protection also alleges there have been “numerous” sexual assaults, with the most recent being Friday, July 26. The report considers Oyler armed, dangerous and suicidal.

The councilman won an at-large seat on the Peoria City Council in April. He was first elected to office in 2017.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said Oyler has a court appearance Sept. 11.

Oyler was released on bond July 31. He had to pay 10 percent of the $1,000 bond.

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