Officer hurt during alleged drug bust

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 22, 2016

An officer with the LaGrange Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit is recovering from a knee injury he suffered while chasing a suspect who jumped from a second story balcony.

The incident happened at the Budget Inn at 100 Hill Street around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.

SIU investigators received a tip two people were selling illegal drugs from a motel room, the police report stated.

The investigators smelled marijuana as they approached the room and made contact with a man as he walked out the motel room door, according to the report.

As investigators attempted to detain the man, he reportedly threw himself over a second story guard rail, the report said. Officers tried to grab him before he hit the pavement, but the man allegedly slipped out of their grasps.

The suspect landed on his feet and took off running, the report read.

A SIU investigator attempted to catch the man, but fell as he ran down the stairs.

The man was caught and arrested a short time later, officials said.

The investigator was checked out by AMR and is expected to be okay.


The owner of the Dennis Pawn Shop at 107 Daniel Street told LaGrange Police someone damaged his property and stole items from his business.

The man discovered on Thursday a hole was cut into his chain link fence and various tools and bicycles were gone from the store, the police report stated.

The owner said it will cost him $200 to repair the fence. The stolen merchandise was worth $600.


A homeowner claimed someone broke into his home in the 200 block of Auburn Avenue between 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Thursday and took his television.

The victim took his daughter to a doctor’s appointment and when he returned he noticed the front door was open, the report said.

The man told LaGrange Police officers a 55-inch Hisense Smart TV was missing from his home.

The television was valued at $600.

Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti

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