The head of the Madison County Veterans’ Assistance Commission is facing charges after he allegedly kicked out the back window of a police patrol car while in custody. 38-year-old Bradley Lavite was taken into custody last Thursday when police were called to a disturbance in the 400 block of East Ferguson.
According to Wood River Police, authorities took Lavite into custody for his own protection because he appeared to be distressed. He was being transported from the scene for a medical evaluation when he reportedly kicked out two back windows of the vehicle. Police say family members reported that Lavite had a recent change in medication for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which could have been impacting his behavior. Lavite is charged with felony criminal damage to government-supported property and has been released on bond. Lavite has been superintendent with the commission since 2009.