Austin Clenney

Austin Clenney

An East Moline man pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting a Moline police officer in November.

Austin D. Clenney, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated battery of a peace officer and aggravated assault of a peace officer and was sentenced to two years in prison.

He will receive day-for-day credit, as well as credit for time already served in connection with the case, according to court records. 

Clenney must serve a year of mandatory supervised release once he completes his prison sentence.

According to the Moline Police Department, officers were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3, to the 1800 block of 18th Avenue A for a report of a suspicious vehicle.

The first officer on scene located the car, a 2010 Honda Sedan, and began talking to the driver, Clenney, and his passenger, Mario Pena, 20, of East Moline.

Clenney and the officer began struggling and they both went to the ground. The officer was injured during the struggle and Clenney was able to break free and flee in the vehicle.

Pena fled the scene on foot but was arrested a short time later.

The officer was taken to Trinity Rock Island for treatment and later released, according to police.

Pena was wanted on a warrant for a charge of mob action out of Waukegan, Illinois, and was taken to the Rock Island County Jail to await transfer back to the Lake County Jail.

Clenney was arrested Nov. 12 in Eldridge.

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