Harrisburg man accused of trying to choke police officer | Crime
WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) - A Harrisburg man faces battery charges after reportedly trying to choke a West Frankfort police officer.
Virgil O. Hammersley, 50, of Harrisburg, Illinois, was charged Thursday with aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting a police officer and driving while license revoked.
Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the West Frankfort Police Department says they received a 911 call saying a man, later identified as Hammersley, was allegedly beating up a female in the parking lot of the Boomerangs tavern.
Police say the caller told officers that Hammersley's vehicle was leaving the parking lot and provided a vehicle description and direction of travel. A responding officer found the vehicle and made a traffic stop in the 1000 block of East Main Street.
According to police, as soon as the vehicle pulled to the right side of the road, Hammersley, got out of the truck and fled on foot. The officer chased and tackled Hammersly a half of a block south of Main Street. The Officer suffered a broken hand during the incident.
Police say Hammersley reportedly tried to choke the officer until he was unconscious. A second Officer arrived and tasered Hammersly before he was taken into custody.
Hammersley was taken to the West Frankfort Police Department for processing and then to the Franklin County Jail. He was served with paperwork notifying him that police was taking his vehicle.
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