Man charged with hitting Wheaton police officer with car, burglary

Timothy J. Meijer

A Woodstock man is facing charges after allegedly stealing merchandise from a Mariano’s in Wheaton and hitting a police officer with a car while fleeing.

Timothy Meijer, 32, was charged with one count of aggravated battery to a police officer, two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding and one count of burglary, Wheaton police said.

The charges stem from an incident on June 2, when Meijer allegedly walked into Mariano’s, 625 S. Main St., to steal alcohol, police said. He fled the store with more than $1,400 of unpaid merchandise and was confronted by an officer.

As Meijer drove off he struck the officer with his car, police said. He evaded authorities but was taken into custody June 12 after an investigation identified him as a suspect.

He is being held at the DuPage County Jail on $150,000 bail.