Car hits drug dealer, police say
DIXON – Two men were arrested after a car struck a drug dealer in an apparent drug deal gone bad, police said.
Jason M. Yater, 20, and Patrick M. Linscott, 23, both of Dixon, are charged with aggravated battery and aggravated robbery. They were in Lee County Jail Monday, Linscott on $200,000 bond and Yater on $100,000.
About 1 a.m. Saturday, Dixon police responded to a call that a 25-year-old man was hit by a car in the 1200 block of Washington Avenue. He was trying to sell marijuana to four people in the car, police said.
During the transaction, a gun was displayed. The people in the car battered the 25-year-old and then struck him with the vehicle, police said.
The victim suffered some injuries but is fine now, Sgt. Michael Wolfley said Monday.
Officers are looking into charging the victim with unlawful delivery of marijuana. Two other arrests are pending, police said.
An aggravated robbery charge carries 4 to 15 years and aggravated battery 2 to 5 years in prison.
Linscott has been in trouble before. He was convicted of mob action in 2008, delivery of 10 to 30 grams of marijuana in 2009 and domestic battery this year, among other charges.
Yater has been arrested 13 times since Aug. 20, 2010, for consumption of alcohol as a minor. Six of those arrests occurred between Jan. 27 and Aug. 18 of this year.