Man arrested for hitting officer while driving away from parking ticket
URBANA — A man from out of town was arrested Saturday after he allegedly hit a parking enforcement officer while trying to drive away from a ticket.
According to a police report, Urbana officers were called around 1 p.m. Saturday to assist the parking enforcement officer in the 1200 block of West Oregon Street.
After arguing with the parking officer, Steven K. Takaki, 54, of Wilmette, attempted to drive away to avoid receiving a ticket. As he did so, he allegedly struck the parking officer and left the scene, said Urbana police Sgt. Andy Hewkin.
Hewkin said the parking officer mostly took a tire to the leg but was able to continue walking on her own.
In the process, Takaki also hit a car parked behind his, Hewkin said, but there appeared to be no damage to the other vehicle.
Hewkin said Takaki drove off, parked his car in the garage under Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and walked away. Police later arrested him on preliminary charges of aggravated battery near the intersection of Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street.
Hewkin said Takaki was in town to visit his son.