Student trustee Jonathan McGee said prior to Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting that he is not resigning from his position after he was arrested on Aug. 26 for resisting a police officer.
McGee, a junior law enforcement and political science double major, ran from Macomb police after authorities detected a strong odor of burnt cannabis on the corner of North Johnson and West Adams streets at approximately 1:47 a.m.
Board of Trustees chair Bill Epperly said Thursday that he had no knowledge about any resignation, further saying there is no situation with the board.
However, McGee, who was also elected this year’s homecoming king, did not attend the trustees’ meeting.
He declined to comment why he did not attend the meeting and on the nature of his arrest.
According to a Macomb Police Department report, officer Todd Tedrow saw two subjects, one male and one female, outside of an apartment, stating, “There was a cloud of smoke around the subjects and the male was holding what appeared to be a lit cannabis cigarette.” Upon seeing Tedrow, both subjects quickly entered the apartment.
Tedrow, who was accompanied with other officers, then knocked on the door and told the resident of the apartment that he had witnessed two people smoking cannabis outside and wished to speak to them.
The officer then saw McGee, who was wearing a light grey T-shirt and jeans, stand up and walk toward the front door. After Tedrow identified himself as a police officer and instructed McGee to stop and walk toward him, he changed direction and went back to the living room.
The police officer then told McGee he needed to step outside. McGee responded by approaching the front door and sprinting out of the apartment.
McGee ran northbound and was apprehended near North Albert Street between West Pierce and Wheeler streets. Officer Eric Lenardt, who helped pursue McGee, felt that McGee had disposed contraband during the pursuit, reporting, “…it appeared that his right arm was up against his body and I felt that the subject was probably reaching into his pocket or his pants.”
After the chase was over, “McGee continuously stated he didn’t know why we were chasing him, he hadn’t done anything wrong and he ran because he was scared.”
Authorities retraced McGee’s path in search of the alleged disposed contraband, but found nothing. He was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for resisting/ obstructing a peace officer, which carries a minimum of 48 hours imprisonment or 100 hours community service and a $1,500 fine.
He was released on a $150 bail and appeared in court on Sept. 17. According to a McDonough County Circuit Clerk report, he will have a status hearing on Oct. 15.
McGee’s term as trustee started July 1 and runs to June 30, 2013.