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Police: Valley Park mayor becomes combative, forced to wear mask during traffic stop

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

VALLEY PARK, Mo. (KMOV) – Police say Valley Park Mayor Nathan Grellner was combative Tuesday night after being pulled over by officers in Byrnes Mill.

Police said Grellner was driving in Highway 30 in Jefferson County when he was stopped by officers for speeding.

Byrnes Mill Police Chief Ed Locke said the man identified himself as a public official, but did not get any special treatment.

Police said Grellner smelled of alcohol and may have been under the influence of something else.

Police said when the officer got back into his car to run the driver’s name through the computer, Grellner  drove away. He went about a half mile and turned down a couple streets before running into a dead end.

Police said Grellner then got out of his car and refused to obey the officer’s command and even started to fight with him.

Locke said the officers had to pepper spray Grellner and even handcuffed him, but he was still combative.

Police said they had to eventually put a mask on him so he wouldn’t spit on officers.

Police are waiting on the toxicology report to file charges against Grellner , which could include speeding, DUI, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

Grellner was not at Valley Park City Hall Thursday.  Police officials said he is currently being treated at a hospital for exhaustion.

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