ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles man has been sent to prison for hitting a police officer in the face while being served with an arrest warrant, according to a news release from Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon's office.
Kane County Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr. sentenced Eric E. Ericson, 63, of the 1400 block of South 4th Street, to four years in jail.
Ericson was convicted on Aug. 4 of aggravated battery to a police office, a Class 2 felony, and resisting a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor.
The jury trial was the first to be conducted in Kane County after court operations were curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release stated.
According to the release, Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Robert Kinsella and Christopher McCall stated in court that at about 9 p.m. April 30, 2019, St. Charles police attempted to serve Ericson with an arrest warrant for violating a court order. As police were serving the warrant at his home, Ericson fled through the back door and hid behind a shed in the back yard.
The uniformed officer walked toward Ericson and ordered him to stop. Ericson struck the officer with his hand near his left eye. Officers tackled Ericson to the ground, but his continued to resist arrest.