Chicago police recruit battered suburban cop during weekend stop, arrest report says; ‘How else was I supposed to get away?’ she allegedly asked

An off-duty Chicago Police Department recruit refused to cooperate with suburban police officers during a traffic stop early Saturday morning and then hit, kicked, and shoved cops who tried to take her into custody, according to a Schiller Park Police Department report.

When an officer showed her the injuries she caused to him, the recruit allegedly replied, “How else was I supposed to get away?”

Schiller Park officers decided not to pursue felony charges against Denisse Balseca, 27, but she was charged with local ordinance violations. The Chicago Police Department has also launched an internal investigation. She is the second CPD recruit to be arrested in two months.

Cops stopped Balseca in the 4100 block of West Grace Avenue after seeing her drive over a curb, the police report said. During the traffic stop, another woman stepped out of the passenger side, and cops discovered an open canned cocktail in her door panel, according to the report.

When an officer asked for Balseca’s driver’s license and insurance, she allegedly told them that she didn’t have to provide them. She also denied that police had stopped her and said she would not give any information, the report said.

“Balseca was highly uncooperative and hostile” toward officers, who said she was “argumentative… the entire time” and “refused to listen.”

She “had bloodshot/glassy eyes and an odor of alcohol based beverage emanating from her breath as she spoke,” an officer wrote in the arrest report, adding that they asked for her driver’s license “over a dozen times.”

The officer said she also refused to step out of her car when they told her that she was being arrested. They placed her in a control hold and removed her.

Once outside, she allegedly refused to put her hands behind her back and “instead pushed, struck, scratched, and kicked” an officer. She flailed her arm, pulled away, and “continued to strike and kick” the cop.

After the cops wrangled her into their patrol car, she “continuously yelled profanity against” the officer, who “sustained a laceration and an abrasion as a result of [her] fighting and resisting arrest,” the report said. Investigators took pictures of the cop’s injuries.

Cops discovered Balseca’s CPD recruit ID in her purse, and she told them she was about a month into her training at the academy, according to her arrest report. According to the report, Schiller Park police notified CPD’s internal affairs office about the arrest at 8 p.m. Saturday, about 18 hours after Balseca was arrested.

An officer read Balseca her Miranda warning, which led her to ask why she was being arrested, the officer wrote.

The officer “showed Balseca the injuries she had caused… to which she stated, ‘how else was I supposed to get away?'”

Balseca allegedly told the officer she had consumed one beer before driving. She failed one sobriety test, passed another, and was “unable to provide a preliminary breath sample,” the report said.

In the end, she was charged with ordinance violations for disorderly conduct and battery, the report said. She also received citations for improper lane use and no insurance.

Rosa Alvarez, the woman in Balseca’s passenger seat, was also “highly uncooperative and belligerent,” according to the report. She is charged under state law with misdemeanor battery, obstructing a peace officer, and resisting a police officer, according to her arrest report.

Officers said they had to use a stun gun on her bicep because she wouldn’t let go of a cop’s leg in the holding cell at the police station. According to police, they discovered a glass pipe and 2.6 grams of suspected cannabis in her purse.

She was also charged with illegally transporting alcohol.

In June, CPD recruit Davin Jones, 27, was arrested near the Field Museum for allegedly having a gun in his car and obstructing his vehicle’s rear license plate. Prosecutors said jones “became verbally aggressive” with police during the incident, so they arrested him.

Cops saw Jones hiding his car’s rear license plate with a sweatshirt while it was illegally parked outside the Field Museum, according to information from prosecutors and CPD.

“The clothing was removed [from the license plate] at which time a verbal altercation ensued between Jones and the officers,” a CPD spokesperson said. Cops took Jones into custody and subsequently found a loaded 40-caliber handgun inside his car’s glove box, said prosecutors, who added that Jones does not have a concealed carry license.

They charged Jones with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor modification of a registration plate. He also received traffic citations, police said.

A Schiller Park executive said there is no mugshot of Balseca from the incident.

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