Man facing charges of disarming police officer, aggravated battery after Wed. traffic stop with state trooper
McLEAN COUNTY (Heart of Illinois ABC) – An Illinois State Trooper has been released from the hospital and a man is facing a dozen charges relating to an altercation around 4:10 p.m. Wednesday.
The trooper initiated the traffic stop at mile marker 186 on northbound Interstate 55 near the exit for Chenoa.
The man he stopped is identified as Randy Turner.
According to a probable cause statement provided to 25 News from the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office, the vehicle Turner was allegedly driving was pulled over after being clocked at 109-mph in a 70-mph zone. It says his driver’s license was also expired.
During the stop the trooper reportedly informed Turner the offenses were subject to arrest, but he was going to release him with a citation. A tow truck was called to the scene for Turner’s vehicle because his license was expired. Suggestions were also reportedly offered for Turner to obtain a ride from the scene.
The probable cause statement says initially, the interaction was polite and professional. It is reported to have remained congenial until the trooper returned to Turner’s vehicle. Turner is accused of attacking the trooper without warning and attempted to obtain possession and control over the trooper’s firearm.
The charging documents details the trooper being pinned and hit in the head multiple times. It says Turner tried but was not able to gain control of the trooper’s gun but got his pepper spray instead, spraying the trooper with it.
The statement goes on to say after that, a passing motorist with a valid conceal carry license and firearm came to the trooper’s aid. The citizen is said to have pointed his gun at Turner and initiate verbal commands when Turner stopped attacking the trooper and ran into traffic on the interstate.
After failing to stop a vehicle, the court claims Turner then entered the cab of the tow truck and tried to drive away when he was tased by the trooper and taken into custody.
The lengthy probably cause statement also says during a recorded interview Turner attacked the trooper because he didn’t want to go back to jail. Turner acknowledged he was told he wouldn’t go back to jail as part of the traffic stop but said “things change.”
He also told investigators he was trying to get the trooper’s gun because he wanted “control” of the situation and the person with the gun was in “control.”
Turner allegedly acknowledged if he had gotten the gun, he would’ve shot the trooper, probably in the leg. The man apparently also said he would’ve done whatever it took to escape.
After his arrival at the McLean County Jail Thursday, surveillance footage is said to show the man biting the stitching off the mattress, pulling it apart and separating the casing from the stuffing around 12:30 a.m.
Randy Turner is facing charges of disarming a police officer, aggravated battery, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, attempted possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal damage to state-supported property and driving under the influence of a drug.
Turner’s bond is set at $2 million. He is scheduled to be arraigned June 24 at 9 a.m.
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