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Charges pending for man accused of dragging officer

Police sergeant dragged more than 30 feet

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Dixon Police Department is considering charges against a Dixon man who, police say, dragged an officer more than 30 feet from his car while trying to flee.

Sgt. Steve Howell, who has been with the Dixon Police Department for 13 years, suffered only minor knee injuries. He had responded about 8 p.m. Sunday to a disturbance call at a house in the 800 block of Fellows Road that ended in a foot chase, Chief Danny Langloss said.

Langloss said Vincent P. McGinnis, 20, appeared to be intoxicated and tried to flee the scene in his car. Howell reached inside to try to keep McGinnis from getting the car into gear. McGinnis then took off, Langloss said, driving more than 30 feet before Howell let go.

Police then followed McGinnis as he drove north, eventually losing control of his car and crashing on state Route 2, near Lost Nation Road, police said.

The department will be pursuing charges against McGinnis as soon as it has a chance to meet with the state’s attorney, Langloss said.

“We reviewed the video this morning, and I’m waiting on all the audio from our dispatch center,” Langloss said. “Of course, our first thought and prayer is to this person and their family, but he could’ve very easily seriously injured my officer.”

Langloss said possible charges include aggravated battery to a police officer, reckless conduct, aggravated DUI, and aggravated fleeing to elude a police officer.

Lee County Sheriff John Varga, whose agency is handling the accident reconstruction, said McGinnis hit three trees at the top of the hill before his car split in half – the front engine and dashboard separating from the front seat.

McGinnis was reported to be in fair condition Tuesday at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

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