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Charged with battering police officer

January 16, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY – A Michigan City man is free on bond after being charged with battering a police officer who tried to question him after he was allegedly involved in a fight Saturday afternoon on the east side, police said.

Jacob Dolhover, 23, is charged with a felony count of battery to a police officer, and misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct, according to court records.

Michigan City Police were called to a report of three people fighting on Oak Street between Dupage Street and Thurman Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a police report.

The first officer on scene saw three people in the middle of the road and one of them, later identified as Dolhover, tried to run away down an alley, police said.

When an officer asked why he was running, he said he was on his way home from a friend’s house. He denied being involved in a fight, though he had blood on his cheek, a scratch on his temple and scratch marks on both sides of his neck, the report said.

He started to walk away but was stopped by the officer, the report said. After giving his ID to the officer, he tried to pull it back, and when he failed, he took off running, the report said.

The officer gave chase and grabbed his coat, but it came off and he continued to run in the area of York and Thurman, where he slipped and fell in the snow, the report said.

He continued to try to get away when a second officer arrived, and struggled to avoid being held or cuffed, even when threatened with a Taser, the report said. The officer eventually fired the Taser twice, but after falling to the ground, Dolhover got back up, pulled out the Taser prongs and ran again.

The officers caught up to him again near Madison and Home, and after saying he was “in love with a woman,” he was Tasered again, but approached the officer and struck the officer’s hand, then took off running again, the report said.

He was finally “tackled” near Lafayette and the officers were able to cuff one arm, the report said. He said he could not breathe, but kept talking, according to the report, saying he could not be arrested because he was on probation.

More officers then arrived and he was taken to the police station.

When officers interviewed the other two people involved, a 27-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, they said they were in a relationship and had been arguing in the street when the woman slipped and fell in the snow, the report said.

That’s when Dolhover showed up and began to fight with the man, they told police. He later told police he thought their argument had turned physical and he wanted to protect the woman, the report said.

Dolhover appeared in court on Monday, pleaded not guilty, and was released on a $605 cash bond, according to court records. His next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15.

— From staff reports

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