Councilman arrested on suspicion of intoxication

According to a release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Department, a city of Monticello Alderman was arrested on Sunday.

Deputy Jeremy Chapman was on patrol when he reported seeing a Polaris Ranger ATV traveling south on N. Cooper St.

“I turned around to get behind the ATV,” he said in his official report. “The ATV turned onto Lincoln Court and I activated my emergency lights and went in pursuit.”

Chapman and Deputy James Slaughter, who was radioed in to assist, located the ATV behind a house 529 Lincoln Court.

“I got out of my unit and went to the ATV,” Chapman said. “It was unoccupied. So, I went to the front door and knocked.”

A black male, later identified at Dennis Johnson, came over and stated that it was his. Mr. Johnson stated that he was asleep, and did not know who was on the ATV but that he was going to  get his ATV. At that time, Chapman stated that the ATV was going to be towed.

Johnson said that he was “going to call his city councilman and the mayor.

“I called Sgt. A.C. Simpson and advised him of the situation,” said Chapman. “He told me to continue with what I was doing and have the ATV towed.”

Prior to that conversation, Johnson returned with Monticello City Councilman Cedric Leonard.

“Leonard started yelling and cursing and came at me in an aggressive manner,” stated Chapman. “At that time I took out my OC spray and ordered him to back away and leave. I could smell the odor of intoxicants on his breath. I also notice that his eyes were red, bloodshot and watery.”

According to the official report, Leonard began yelling that “he (Chapman) pulled his gun”.

“Leonard then replied ‘I got a gun for you’ and went to his vehicle,” Chapman added. “A few minutes later he returned and resumed yelling, cursing and calling us officers names.”

Chapman then grabbed Leonard by the left wrist in an attempt to place him under arrest. According to Chapman, Leonard resisted and Slaughter’s assistance was necessary to place restraints on him.

Leonard was transported to the Drew County Detention Facility where he was booked in on charges of public intoxication, obstruction of a governmental operation and interference of a law enforcement officer.

Leonard claims most of what’s in the report is false, saying he had just woken up, and had not been drinking. He attended the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Monticello City Council Tuesday evening.

The City of Monticello had no comment on the matter.

Leonard was released on bond Monday and will be assigned a court date at a later time.

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