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Man accused of hijack attempt dropped off at police station

Updated: April 22, 2013 5:04PM

ELGIN — Bail was set Monday at $500,000 for an Elgin man accused of attempting to hijack a car at the Community Crisis Center in Elgin on Thursday.

Patrick A. Carter, 44, of the 1900 block of Matthew Court, is charged with a Class 1 felony count of vehicular invasion, a Class 2 count of aggravated battery to a police officer, a Class 3 count of aggravated battery in a public way, and Class 4 counts of domestic battery with a prior conviction, and resisting a police officer causing injury.

According to police, a red Toyota pulled in front of the police department at 151 Douglas Ave. at 10:11 p.m. Thursday, and officers found Carter on the ground outside of the car.

An officer speaking to Carter said Carter lunged at the officer, grabbing at the officer’s gun belt and resisted officers who tried to handcuff him.

The car’s driver said he was dropping a woman off at the crisis center when Carter ran across the parking lot, dove into the car, and tried to pull one of the occupants out, put the car into park, reverse or neutral, or steer the vehicle.

However, the person behind the wheel was able to drive to the police station with Carter hanging out of the car, police reported.

Carter’s next court date was set for May 8.

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