Man in critical condition after Mahomet incident

Man in critical condition after Mahomet incident

MAHOMET — An Urbana man who allegedly broke one woman's windshield when he jumped in front of her vehicle and allegedly struck another woman who came to help on Monday night remained hospitalized Wednesday in critical condition.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said deputies were called to Prairieview Road near Meadowlake Drive about 9:50 p.m. Monday because callers reported a man dancing in the road, interrupting traffic.

A 17-year-old Seymour girl had stopped when she saw the 27-year-old man. He allegedly hit her car with his head before he began to run around again.

About that time, a second woman was driving a sport utility vehicle south on Prairieview when the man allegedly ran into her path and hit her windshield as the vehicle was moving, breaking the windshield.

The man got up again after colliding with the vehicle and was walking around making incoherent noises, Ogle said. The detective said the man was not run over by the vehicle.

Sgt. Dan Coile said the teen who had been in the car went back to the SUV driver and was talking with her when the man approached the pair and allegedly punched the teen in the face.

The first deputy to arrive ordered the man to get away from the women and to get on the ground. The man did not comply and started walking toward a bar across the street, Coile said.

The man was mumbling incoherently and, at one point, came at the deputy. When the man failed to obey commands to get on the ground, the deputy used a Taser on him. The man was on the ground rolling around and not putting his arms behind him so that he could be handcuffed. He also allegedly grabbed at the legs of a Mahomet police officer who had arrived to help.

Coile said the man stood up again and continued dancing and coming at the officers, prompting the deputy to fire his Taser at the man a second time.

Medical personnel were then able to get the man to Carle. He was listed in critical condition on Wednesday.

Sheriff's deputies did not arrest him but forwarded the report about his behavior to the state's attorney's office Tuesday to see if he would be charged with any crimes.

Ogle said deputies continue to interview witnesses and asked that anyone who has information to share about the incident call the sheriff's office at 384-1213 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

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