Drunken Geneva Brothers Wreak Havoc on St. Charles' Filling Station
Kevin and Michael Hayes are slammed with multiple charges after one of them slams into a man in a wheelchair. The incident sparks scrutiny of The Filling Station and adds to controversy over the St. Charles bar scene
Two brothers from Geneva face multiple charges after police said they were kicked out of two downtown St. Charles bars for fighting, including a scuffle with a bouncer on some stairs that caused the bouncer and one of the brothers to fall into a man in a wheelchair.
That same incident, coupled with one late Friday, likely spells trouble as well for The Filling Station, 300 W. Main St., where brothers Kevin C. and Michael P. Hayes, both 28, and both of the 00-99 block of Brookfield Lane, Geneva, were taken into custody early Saturday morning.
Kevin C. Hayes is charged with disorderly conduct, and with resisting/obstructing arrest. He also was cited with disorderly conduct/public drunkenness and fighting.
Michael P. Hayes is charged with battery, and with resisting/obstructing arrest. He also was cited with disorderly conduct/public drunkenness and fighting.
Police filed two separate reports on the situation — one focused on the Hayes brothers, a second focused on what police described as instances of over-service of alcohol by The Filling Station.
According to police, officers had their first encounter with Kevin Hayes on Saturday at 12:57 a.m., when he was kicked out of the The Wild Monk, 51 S. 1st St. Officers arrived and instructed him to leave, which he did. He ended up at The Filling Station.
At 1:25 a.m., an officer heard arguing in the enclosed front patio of The Filling Station, where he found a Bartlett resident claiming he had been kicked out of the bar and that someone had taken a swing at him.
The man then left, but the officer followed him as he walked to the rear door of The Filling Station, where the officer saw the tavern’s bouncers forcefully kicking out the Hayes brothers.
Police said both men appeared to be highly intoxicated and were combative toward the bar’s three bouncers. The officer tried to get the brothers’ stories, the report states, but they began yelling and talking over each other. Kevin Hayes then tried to head back toward the bar’s door. The officer stopped him and called for backup.
That brought several officers and some Kane County sheriff’s deputies to the scene, who detained the Hayes brothers outside while the first officer on the scene went into the bar to interview the three bouncers.
While the officer was inside, the Hayes brothers continued to be “aggressive, argumentative and combative,” reports said, so officers took the brothers to the ground and arrested them. Police said Kevin Hayes scraped his forehead on the ground while resisting arrest.
The two then were taken to the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave. Paramedics were called to clean and bandage Kevin Hayes’ wound, but the two continued to be verbally abusive, and officers had to separate the men again, putting Michael Hayes into an interview room, where he yelled and kicked and pounded the door.
Trouble for The Filling Station?
The Filling Station's admittance of Kevin Hayes is only one reason police were critical of the tavern as it relates to over-service of alcohol.
Less than two hours earlier, at about 11:15 p.m. Friday, another extremely intoxicated young man was allowed into the bar. An officer on foot patrol saw a man who reportedly had just left The Alibi, 12 N. 3rd St., walk into The Filling Station. The officer “was amazed that (the intoxicated man) was allowed entry," reports said.
A Filling Station bouncer later told the officer the individual seemed to be OK. But then the man became aggressive with three people he was talking to at a table, and the bouncers escorted the individual out of the bar.
Police caught up with the man, who admitted to being intoxicated. The officer offered to call the man a cab, but he declined, saying his girlfriend would take him home.