A man has been sentenced to four years in jail for Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer and two years for Threatening a Public Official after two separate incidents.
The first incident occurred last June when police were dispatched to a Machesney Park neighborhood for a trouble call. Upon arrival a witness advised them that Thomas Vojtech, 31, had been yelling and cursing at neighbors and also kicked a dog. Vojtech was in his car when a Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputy approached him, placing his hand on Vojtech's arm and instructing him not to leave. Vojtech then accelerated, causing the deputy's arm to catch between the door frame and the driver's side door. The deputy's upper arm was struck by the door frame as the car moved forward into it, but he was able to remove his arm before sustaining any serious injury.
Vojtech was later apprehended by Byron police officers and posted bond on the Aggravated Battery charge before being released from custody.
The second incident occurred in May of this year. Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the residence of Vojtech's ex-girlfriend for a domestic dispute. The woman told deputies she asked Vojtech to leave, but he refused and threatened to kick down her door. She said he repeatedly beat on the door and was scaring her. Vojtech put up a struggle when deputies attempted to take him into custody and remained uncooperative and confrontational throughout the booking process, according to officers. He also threatened to harm the deputy after he was released from custody.
Vojtech pled guilty to both charges on July 6.
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