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Man punched, injured sheriff’s deputy and fought several others at crash scene in Beach Park

Akilra J. Tolbert, 38, of Zion.

A Zion man was charged after he punched and injured a sheriff’s deputy at the scene of a crash in Beach Park and then began physically fighting several other deputies, officials said.

Akilra J. Tolbert, 38, of the 1400 block of Lorelei Drive in Zion, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer, two counts of resisting a peace officer causing injury and one count of disorderly conduct.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 5:50 p.m. Thursday to the scene of a vehicle crash in the 38300 block of North Sheridan Road in Beach Park.

Tolbert, who is the son of one of the drivers involved in the crash, arrived at the scene while sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident.

Tolbert began yelling at the driver who was involved in the crash with his mother, according to Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.

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The sheriff’s deputy investigating the crash intervened as Tolbert was acting in an irate manner.

While attempting to separate Tolbert from the driver of the crash, Tolbert punched the sheriff’s deputy, Covelli said.

Additional sheriff’s deputies arrived and attempted to take Tolbert into custody but the man began physically fighting with them. After a brief struggle, sheriff’s deputies were able to take Tolbert into custody.

The sheriff’s deputies sustained minor cuts and bruises during the struggle and Tolbert sustained minor abrasions.

Tolbert remains held in the Lake County jail on a $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 2.