Man charged with attack on meter officer

Man charged with attack on meter officer

URBANA — A Champaign man apparently upset with a meter man who was trying to disable his car is due back in court next week with an attorney.

Kent Ravesloot, 50, who listed an address in the 300 block of West Maple Street, was charged with three counts of aggravated battery in Champaign County Circuit Court Friday.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said the charges allege that on Thursday, Ravesloot hit John Hart, 40, a Champaign parking enforcement officer, with his vehicle after Hart tried to put a boot on Ravesloot’s car because he had unpaid parking tickets.

Rietz said police learned that Hart was putting the boot on the car when Ravesloot arrived, and that Ravesloot hit Hart with the door, then got in the car and backed it into Hart, hitting him in
the shins. Hart dropped the boot, which Ravesloot drove over, and then fled the area. He was later found by Champaign police.

If convicted of the Class 3 felony, Ravesloot faces penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.

Ravesloot posted 10 percent of the $3,000 bond set by Judge John Kennedy and was released. Kennedy ordered him to be back in court Friday.