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Collinsville man accused of kicking police officer, scratching jailer during arrest

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

A Collinsville man is facing charges after police say he assaulted a police officer and attempted to assault a jailer.

Charles Thompson, 54, was charged with one count of aggravated battery on Sunday by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office.

East St. Louis police said that on Feb. 15, officers were responding to an accident at 16th and State streets when one of the cars involved in the wreck tried to flee the scene. Police followed the vehicle and stopped it at the intersection of 12th Street and Martin Luther King Drive.

Thompson is accused of exiting the car and lunging toward one of the officers, who was able to take Thompson to the ground and place him in custody, according to a news release from the East St. Louis Police Department. While trying to get him up again, police say Thompson kicked the officer in the head.

Later, while being booked into St. Clair County Jail, police said Thompson also tried to put the jailer in a headlock before scratching and spitting on her.

Thompson’s bail was set at $40,000. He was still in police custody as of Wednesday afternoon.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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