Charges: Drunk man entered MPD squad car, refused to leave, fought with cop

Cyrus Webber
Cyrus Webber
Cyrus Webber, a 27-year-old White Bear Lake resident, has been charged with assaulting a police officer for allegedly fighting with a Minneapolis cop after he invited himself inside his squad car in a heavily intoxicated state.

According to a criminal complaint, around 3:40 a.m. Sunday, Minneapolis Police Officer Benjamin Troug was sitting in his squad in the area of Johnson Street Northeast and Hennepin Avenue, near the site of a fire at a northeast Minneapolis lumberyard, when a man later identified as Webber approached from the passenger's side, opened the front door, and hopped in, apparently for no reason.

Webber allegedly refused to get out and uttered a profane threat at Troug when the officer got out and walked around the vehicle in a preliminary effort to get Webber out.

When Troug reached in through the passenger's front window, Webber shifted to the driver's seat. Troug then got in on the passenger's side and an altercation ensued.

"The defendant was extremely intoxicated and fought with Officer Troug," the complaint says. "He struck him in the face, tore off his name tag, grabbed his duty belt and attempt to take away his gun. Officer Troug took out his flashlight and struck the defendant so that he could not do so."

Troug was eventually able to pull the defendant out of the car and subdue him. He had "minor, but visible injuries" as a result of the incident, the complaint says. (Webber also emerged with visible injuries -- see his mugshot at the top of this post.)

Cyrus's criminal record includes priors for underage drinking and driving, misrepresenting his age and purchasing alcohol as a minor, and underage consumption. He faces a maximum of three years in prison and/or a $6,000 fine in connection with the assault charge.

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