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DECATUR — A Decatur driver trying to prevent his vehicle from being repossessed early Saturday deliberately backed into the man trying to repossess it, according to a police report.

The force of the impact knocked the man to the ground, according to a sworn affidavit from Decatur police officer Justin Ziller. Police later traced the 29-year-old driver to a restaurant on East Pershing Road, and Ziller said he took off running on foot but was caught quickly and arrested at 3:26 a.m.

In the affidavit, Ziller said the man who was attempting the repossession and a partner had arrived at a residence on Kent Avenue about 2:50 a.m. to take the vehicle using a tow truck.

“He advised (the driver) was on the porch of the residence when they arrived and jumped into the vehicle’s driver seat,” Ziller said. “(The repossessor) advised he yelled at the driver not to back up since he was behind the vehicle.”

The man and his partner later made a positive identification of the driver during a “street show-up,” Ziller said.

The driver was jailed on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office. The driver remained in the Macon County Jail on Monday in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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