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DECATUR -- A Decatur man who tried to push a police officer out of the way so he could continue his fight with another man was pepper-sprayed and arrested early Sunday, a sworn affidavit said.

Decatur police Officer Aaron Carr said police had seen the 25-year-old man in the 100 block of South Oakland Avenue at 1:30 a.m. trying to fight another man while being held back by bystanders. Carr said he intervened to help separate the fighting parties but the man kept yelling abuse at his opponent and threatening to batter him, and then tried to knock Carr’s restraining arm away.

“Due to his continued aggressive behavior, and attempting to knock my arm away to batter the other subject, I deployed OC spray to discontinue his resistance and aggression,” Carr said.

The man was booked on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery to a peace officer and unlawful use of a weapon after Carr said he found a set of “brass knuckles” in the man’s pocket.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.


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