Prosecutors: Chicago man struck Oak Brook police officer with car

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Devin Dawson | DuPage County sheriff’s office

A Chicago man charged with striking a west suburban police detective with his vehicle last week has been ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

Devin Dawson, 19, of the 8400 block of South Justine was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated assault to a police officer, both felonies, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

An Oak Brook police detective was on duty in the Home Depot store on 22nd Street in Oakbrook Terrace at 1:12 p.m. May 4 when he saw Dawson running from the store with loss prevention officers chasing him, according to a statement from prosecutors.

The detective, who was wearing plain clothes, joined the chase and identified himself as a police officer, according to prosecutors. During the chase, the officer rounded a van in the parking lot and encountered Dawson, who was behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Dawson accelerated his vehicle towards the detective, striking him and causing him to roll up onto the hood, prosecutors said. Dawson continued accelerating and made a sharp turn, throwing the detective to the ground, then left the scene.

A $100,000 arrest warrant was issued for Dawson, who was taken into custody on Sunday.

The detective suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to fully recover, according to prosecutors.

Dawson was ordered held on a $100,000 bond Wednesday. He is next scheduled to appear in court June 6.

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