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Man who tried fleeing deputies arrested in McDonough County

TENNESSEE, IL (WGEM) — McDonough County Sheriff Nick Petitgout stated that an Abingdon, Illinois, man was arrested on multiple charges after trying to flee from deputies.

Petitgout reported that Micah Mowen, 41, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer/Deputy, Resisting a Peace Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine 15-100 grams, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

Petitgout stated that on Thursday at 3:26 a.m. a sheriff’s deputy encountered Mowen resting in his vehicle at U.S. Highway 136 and Illinois Route 336 in Tennessee, Illinois.

Mowen woke up and tried to flee the scene running on foot north from the location. A short fight occurred and the deputy deployed his taser. Mowen fled the scene and ran into a cornfield.

A perimeter was set up around the 20 acre cornfield by officers from the Macomb Police Department, Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Police, and the Western Illinois University GIS.  Illinois State Police Air Operations assisted in locating Mowen in the field. After approximately four hours, Mowen was taken into custody.

The vehicle Mowen was driving was a 2012 Ford F-150 that was stolen from Iowa. A stolen .38 special handgun and approximately 15 grams of Methamphetamine were located as well.

Mowen is lodged in the McDonough County Jail in lieu of bond.

Jim Roberts

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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