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Police: DeKalb officer injured in drug arrest

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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A DeKalb police officer injured his back in a scuffle with an alleged marijuana dealer from Chicago on Friday night. Police found Johnathan Tyler more than 30 grams of marijuana and more than $4,000 in cash on Tyler and in his car after he pushed an officer and ran. Felony charges were filed.

SYCAMORE – A 29-year-old Chicago man accused of shoving a DeKalb police officer Saturday before he was found with about 1.5 ounces of marijuana remained in the DeKalb County jail Monday.

Johnathan Tyler, of the 10000 block of South Yates Boulevard, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated resisting arrest. His bond was set at $35,000.

DeKalb police saw Tyler in an apartment complex parking lot in the 900 block of Ridge Drive about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, court records show. Tyler, who was wanted on an unrelated warrant, was standing at the driver’s side door of a vehicle parked next to his car.

When police approached him, Tyler shoved an officer and ran, court records show. The officer chased him and caught him in an adjacent field with $120 in cash clenched in his fist, more than $1,500 in cash on him and about an ounce of marijuana in a bag nearby, court records show.

In Tyler’s car, police found more than $2,500 in cash and about half an ounce of marijuana, court records show.

The police officer required medical treatment for a back injury he received when Tyler shoved him, DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo said.

A passenger in Tyler’s car, Laquesha Allen, 29, of Chicago, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and unlawful transportation of alcohol, Petragallo said.

If convicted of the most serious charge he faces, aggravated battery, Tyler could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. He is next due in court Thursday.

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