Police dog bites man in face at end of chase

Police dog bites man in face at end of chase

URBANA — A Rantoul man who fled from police in the village early Friday, then crashed his car and was bitten by a police dog, is due back in court in two weeks.

Darren Mosley, 30, who listed an address in the 300 block of North Scott, was charged Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court with aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer and aggravated driving under the influence for a series of events that started around 12:30 a.m. when an officer saw him in the 300 block of South Steffler Street and knew Mosley's license was revoked.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said police tried to pull Mosley over but he took off at high speed and at one point was going 60 in a 30 mph residential area, prompting police to end the pursuit for safety reasons.

Not long after, Officer Kyle Donovan spotted Mosley allegedly driving his car toward Donovan's squad car, but Mosley swerved to avoid the squad. Shortly after, Mosley crashed his car into a light pole in the 200 block of South Tanner Street, then got out and ran.

Banach said Officer Jeff King was on the ground in the parking lot of a bar scuffling with Mosley, trying to handcuff him as he resisted. Donovan then came around the corner with his canine partner, who bit Mosley in the face.

Mosley was taken to Carle Hospital, where he was treated and released.

He told police he had consumed four beers and synthetic cannabis before the crash.

Because of stitches in his face, Mosley was unable to respond clearly to the judge about waiving his right to a probable cause hearing. Kennedy set the case for preliminary hearing July 25 and set Mosley's bond at $250,000.

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keyslammer wrote on July 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I say KEEP HIM LOCKED UP!!!!!  What is his criminal history?  Will he likely get out and repeat the same behaviours?  If the answer to that question is YES, then perhaps he needs to STAY locked up.  Throw the book at him and reward the dog.  I will send a year's supply of treats for the dog not the dawg. He doesn't NEED to talk in court.  Just tell him stomp twice for yes, once for no.  The people of this community are sick and tired of these punks doing what they want, staying jacked up on all kinds of alcohol and dope and then running loose in the streets like this.  He could have killed people....a small child even.....a police officer.  PLEASE don't tell him "OK, time served....you can go now".  

Justmy2cents wrote on July 12, 2014 at 5:07 am

Well from the looks of the circuit clerks website, it appears he's a lovely member of society and is probably just misunderstood. So I agree, puppy treats all around for the police dog!!!!!

Virago wrote on July 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I feel cheated!  The headline led me to expect more juicy news about police brutality, or at the very least an outraged article about another violent, over-reacting cop who mistreated some poor member of the public.  Instead, what do I get?  The story of an intoxicated suspect acting badly and dangerously while resisting multiple law enforcement officers. Drunk driving, 60 mph car chase in a residential area, crashing into a light pole while trying to RAM A POLICE CAR, and then physical assault on another officer--pretty exciting stuff there. Yet to the editor who titled this article, the most important part is "dog bites man?"