Police: Drug dealer crashed motorcycle, ran from officers

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A suspected drug dealer crashed his motorcycle during a chase with police, officers say.

A sworn statement from police says an officer recognized wanted man John Born, 30, working on his motorcycle before midnight Monday near 17th and Main streets in Decatur. Officers say he took off when police tried to make contact with him.

Police say the chase lasted for several blocks as Born gained speed before crashing his motorcycle near the intersection of Wood Street and East Street. Officers took him into custody after they say he ignored commands to stop, ran on foot and then fell in the 1400 block of East Wood Street.

The statement says police searched Born’s pockets and backpack, where they found bags containing drugs. They say the discovery included over four ounces of marijuana wrapped in individual bags, along with several boxes filled with bags containing over 7 ounces of meth. Police say Born also had more than $8,500 in cash.

The police report says officers seized a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the grass near where they arrested Born.

Police say Born admitted to selling meth for several months during an interview.

A second sworn statement says Born strangled a woman with both hands on June 22, to the point where she believed she might pass out.

Born faces nine charges, including counts for armed violence, aggravated fleeing and eluding police, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, drug possession charges, aggravated domestic battery and others. He is behind bars in the Macon County Jail.

Police say he has convictions for residential burglary, felony cannabis possession and domestic battery on his record.