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Wrigleyville moped driver charged in assault

By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas

RedEye

4:23 PM CDT, October 28, 2013

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Update: Eric Dahl's case was dismissed at a subsequent court date.

A Wrigleyville man was arrested Sunday night after he was accused of assaulting a U.S. Postal Service police officer who suspected the man was driving his moped around Lakeview while intoxicated.

The man, Eric Dahl, 33, was charged with aggravated battery against the 36-year-old postal service officer, who told Chicago police he was driving his car in Lincoln Park when he observed Dahl on his moped, "unable to stay in his lane or keep his balance at the red light," according to the police report.

Dahl allegedly kicked the postal service officer's vehicle before trying to drive away, the report said, but the officer pulled him over at the intersection of Webster Avenue and Southport Avenue, and noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath. Dahl allegedly tried to flee on his scooter when the officer called 911. Dahl elbowed the officer in the face before fleeing on foot, the report said. He was arrested at home just before midnight.

Dahl, who works at Groupon, was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and released with electronic home monitoring. When the judge, Adam D. Bourgeois Jr., set the conditions of his release, he said, "I guess they can wear the bracelet, [a slang term for an electronic ankle monitor] over at Groupon."

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