Mattoon man facing aggravated battery, disarming a police officer charges

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MATTOON - The Mattoon Police Department says one man faces an aggravated battery charge after he allegedly struck a police officer multiple times during a traffic stop on April 14.

Mattoon police say an officer made a traffic stop on another vehicle in the area of 19th Street and DeWitt at about 12:30 a.m.  Police say the driver of the vehicle ran from the vehicle as the officer was approaching the driver's side door, and that the officer gave chase.

Authorities say the officer attempted to apprehend the driver, identified as Nicholas Lindley, 24.  However, Mattoon police say Lindley became combative, and allegedly made multiple attempts to disarm the officer by attempting to remove the officer's gun from its holster.  Police say Lindley was able to grab the officer's Maglite, which was allegedly used to strike the officer in the head three times.  After allegedly striking the officer, Lindley ran from the scene, but was later taken into custody by other Mattoon police officers without incident.

Mattoon police say a firearm, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine were seized at the time of the arrest.  Lindley and the Mattoon police officer were both taken to a local hospital; the officer was taken for treatment of head injuries, while Lindley was admitted for issues not related to the arrest.

Lindley is facing charges of aggravated battery and attempting to disarm a peace officer.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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