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Condition upgraded for man accused of dragging officer

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – A Dixon driver accused of dragging a police officer more than 30 feet had his condition upgraded to “good” Wednesday.

Vincent P. McGinnis, 20, was airlifted to Rockford Memorial Hospital after a crash on state Route 2 near Lost Nation Road on Sunday night.

Sheriff John Varga said McGinnis’ car hit three trees and split in half, with the front engine compartment completely separating from the front seat.

Earlier in the night, Dixon Police had responded to a disturbance call at a house in the 800 block of Fellows Road.

Upon arriving, officers tried to talk down an apparently intoxicated McGinnis before he tried to flee the scene in his car, Chief Danny Langloss said.

Sgt. Steve Howell leaned into McGinnis’ car to try to stop him from leaving, but McGinnis took off, dragging Howell more than 30 feet before he let go, Langloss said.

Howell suffered a slight knee injury.

Police followed McGinnis, who crashed about 3 miles later.

Charges that include aggravated battery to a police officer, reckless conduct, aggravated DUI, and aggravated fleeing to elude a police officer are possible, but McGinnis won’t be formally charged until police have had a chance to speak with the state’s attorney, Langloss said.

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