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5 men arrested, charged with tipping car in Dixon

DIXON – When Dixon police were dispatched to an early morning call Sunday, they were expecting to find a single-vehicle accident. What they found instead was a car that they say appears to have been tipped on its side – on purpose.

Five people have been arrested, accused of tipping the car.

Kaylon I. Westmorland, 18, Ethan M. Zitelman, 21, Malik J. Lindsey, 19, and Nathaniel R. Grocke, 18, all of Dixon, were charged with criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor. Cooper W. Stahl, 18, no permanent address given, also was charged with criminal damage to property and unlawful consumption of alcohol.

Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident at 3:38 a.m. at West Fourth Street and Grant Avenue. When officers found the car, a Geo Metro, they determined it was no accident.

A witness reported hearing a loud crash and laughter before seeing a full-size pickup truck leaving the area.

The men were arrested about an hour later after police stopped a pick-up a half-mile southeast of the tipped car, at Eels Avenue and Cummins Street, for running a stop sign. They were released after posting bond.

Police say the criminal damage charges could be upgraded to felonies, depending on the amount of damage to the vehicle. The incident remains under investigation.

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