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started around 12:30 a.m. when an officer saw him in the 300 block of South Steffler Street and knew Mosley's license was revoked.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.