MATTOON -- Police arrested a Mattoon man on Wednesday who allegedly punched an officer while a warrant was being served.

The Mattoon Police Department in a statement said that Jose A. Garcia, 47, was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting/obstructing a police officer and aggravated battery to an officer at 4:51 p.m. in the 400 block of Dewitt Avenue.

The arrest occurred after police were called to the 400 block of Dewitt Avenue to assist Coles County probation officers with the serving of an arrest warrant on Garcia for probation violations.

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Upon police arriving at the scene, Garcia punched an officer in the head and then proceeded to resist arrest, police said.

Garcia was eventually detained and taken to the Coles County jail.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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