DeLand village president arrested

MONTICELLO — The DeLand village president is due in court Oct. 1 after being arrested Friday for allegedly hitting another man in a dispute over their children.

According to a release from Piatt County Chief Deputy Mark Huckstep, deputies were called to the Piatt County Forest Preserve in DeLand about 9 p.m. Friday where the DeLand Homecoming celebration was going on. They were told two men had been fighting.

The alleged victim told deputies that he and his girlfriend drove to the park to speak with Gregory Allen, 42, about an incident involving the man's child and Allen's child.

The man told deputies that Allen approached his vehicle and they began arguing. The victim said as he tried to get out, Allen allegedly pushed his vehicle door closed and punched him in the face with a fist while he was seated in the vehicle. The victim told deputies that bystanders pulled Allen away.

Huckstep said a deputy went to Allen's home to speak with him and he initially denied hitting the victim. He confirmed that he had words with the other man over an earlier incident involving their children.

"Allen advised the deputy that he is the DeLand village president and they handle things differently in small towns, and that the police are not always called," the release said.

When the deputy went to arrest Allen, he allegedly pulled his arm away.

Allen was taken to the Piatt county jail on preliminary charges of aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and resisting a peace officer. He was later released after posting bond and told to be in court Oct. 1.

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