Austin Clenney

Austin Clenney

Moline police are asking the public’s help in locating a man who fled in his car after fighting with and injuring a Moline Police officer Friday morning.

Moline Police Detective Michael Griffin said that at 8:30 a.m. officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of 18th Avenue A to investigate a call about a suspicious vehicle.

The first officer on scene located the car, a 2010 Honda sedan with Illinois license plate Z660134. The officer then began talking to the two men inside the vehicle, the driver, Austin D. Clenney, 20, and Mario Pena, 20, both 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 his vehicle.

Pena had fled the scene on foot but was soon captured.

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

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

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office has issued warrants for Clenney charging him with aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated assault. Bond for Clenney is set at $75,000.

Anyone with information on Clenney’s whereabouts is asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at 309-762-9500.

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