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DECATUR — Police said an intoxicated 29-year-old man "smacked" an officer's hand away and lunged at officers as they attempted to place him under arrest on the city's south side Thursday night. 

A signed police affidavit said officers responded to a "verbal only" domestic incident at 11:27 p.m. As police prepared to take a woman and her children to a shelter, the man walked over to an officer's squad car in an "intoxicated and combative state," the affidavit said. 

The officer told the man to step back, and raised his hand to make contact with him, the affidavit said. The man slapped the officer's hand away, clenched his fists, assumed a fighting stance and lunged at the officers at the scene, the affidavit said. 

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After being told that he was under arrest, the man attempted to resist having handcuffs put on him until officers put him on the ground and successfully put them on, the affidavit said.

Officers later found a smoking pipe that smelled like burnt cannabis in the man's front right pocket, the affidavit said. 

The man faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer, resisting peace officer, aggravated assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office. 

He was held in the Macon County Jail on Thursday on $10,000 bond, and is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 18. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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