Peoria Councilman Oyler formally charged with domestic battery

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PEORIA, Ill. – After an incident over the summer with his wife, Peoria City Councilman Zach Oyler was charged with domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

On Aug. 30, Oyler was arrested after police responded to his home after getting a call from Oyler’s wife Heather Oyler.

According to police reports, 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.

The two counts are misdemeanor charges.

Oyler is scheduled to be in court on Sept. 11.

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