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Man reportedly tackles MPD officer

by Tim Tedeschi , ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com

A Marion man was arrested on charges including battery on a police officer in connection with an Oct. 7 incident, according to Marion Police Department (MPD) Capt. Stephen Dorsey.

At approximately 4:33 p.m. Monday, a MPD officer observed a moped with a male driver and female passenger run a stop sign at the intersection of 9th Street and D Street, Dorsey said.

The driver was later identified as Nicholas A. Blackburn, 41, and the passenger was identified as Jessica D. Lowe, 36, of Marion.

The moped fled from D Street to Terrace Avenue, and the occupants then took off in opposite directions on foot, according to reports.

The MPD officer gave chase to Blackburn and became engaged in a physical altercation once he caught up to him, according to Dorsey.

The officer was reportedly tackled by Blackburn while he was trying to take him into custody, causing the officer to fall onto his back, police said.

Once the officer was able to handcuff him, Blackburn’s jacket was collected and was found to contain three syringes, Dorsey said.

Lowe emerged from the bushes and into the alley off of Terrace Avenue and then reportedly ran in the opposite direction after looking directly at MPD officers, police said. After repeatedly ignoring commands to stop, the officer caught up with the female and placed her into custody without further incident, according to Dorsey.

Blackburn was charged with battery on a public safety official (Level 6 felony), unlawful possession of a syringe (Level 5 felony), resisting law enforcement with a vehicle (Level 6 felony) and resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), Dorsey said. He is being held at the Grant County Jail on a $605 bond, according to jail records.

Lowe was arrested for misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, police said. She is being held at the Grant County Jail on a $405 bond, jail records state.

The officer who was tackled to the ground reported discomfort to his lower leg but no further injuries were reported.