An Alton man was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of resisting a peace officer, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the man as Eric Leon Lacey, 45, of the 1000 block of Central Avenue, Alton.
On Saturday, July 19, at about 11 a.m., a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy, while conducting a routine patrol in the 3000 block of Godfrey Road, Godfrey, observed two men make a hand-to-hand transaction in an area known for drug activity. The deputy exited his patrol vehicle and attempted to make contact with both men. The two men observed the deputy approaching and subsequently fled on foot. The deputy was able to apprehend Lacey, who resisted arrest upon his capture. During the struggle, the arresting deputy injured his elbow. The injuries to the deputy were non-life threatening and Lacey was uninjured.
The second subject was able to elude arrest. Further investigation led to the seizure of a small package of cocaine near the area where the two men had been observed standing before they fled on foot.
Lacey was transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. The misdemeanor charge of resisting a peace officer was enhanced to a felony offense because the deputy sustained an injury during the arrest.
The felony warrant and information was issued Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Lacey’s bond at $25,000. Police are continuing to investigate.