It began when Dixon police were called to a disturbance on September 1st at a home in the 800 block of Fellows. Police say McGinnis tried to flee in his car when an officer approached. The officer grabbed onto McGinnis' vehicle as he tried to speed away, and was dragged a short distance before finally letting go. The officer suffered a minor leg injury.
Other officers pursed McGinnis, which ended when he hit a tree, nearly cutting his car in two. He was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Dixon Police Chief Dannyt Langloss said in a statement, "Mr. McGinnis' reckless actions not only caused an injury to one of our officers, he represented a significant risk to our community members on our roads at that time. We are glad Mr. McGinnis is making a strong recovery, but we must send a clear message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our community. We are very thankful this did not turn out any worse then it did."
The charges against him are:
Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer (Class 2 Felony)
Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony)
Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer (4 Counts as a Class 4 Felony)
Driving Under the Influence
Driving Under the Influence with a BAC > .08
Reckless Driving, Driving 31 Miles Per Hour or More in Excess of the Applicable Limit
Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle
Failure to Give Information Upon Damaging Unattended Vehicle
Disobeyed Stop Sign (2 Counts)
Disobeyed Traffic Control Device
Improper Lane Usage.
Bond was set in the amount of $5,000 since a high bond was not necessary due to McGinnis's injuries.