Aaron Agee of Pekin is no stranger to Tazewell County’s Courthouse and jail. His visit to the first Friday produced his latest stay in the second.
Agee, 41, appeared shocked nearly to tears when a judge ordered him held on $20,000 bond for allegedly violating his probation for a domestic battery conviction by using drugs.
While that charge has yet to be proven, Agee’s prosecutor argued he should be locked up now with a request to the judge.
“Look at his eyes. Look at how he’s acting. He’s on drugs now,” she said. Among the public, “He’s a danger.”
Agee also is “facing the very strong likelihood of prison” for violating his one-year intensive probation term before it expired in December, the prosecutor said.
Circuit Judge Thomas Keith did not comment as he eyed Agee before setting the bond that will require $2,000 in cash to go free. The bond could increase if a drug test a probation officer ordered him to take when he arrived at the courthouse Friday proves positive.
Agee pleaded guilty to throwing his girlfriend against furniture, injuring her collarbone, in March 2015 when she refused to sleep with him on her couch. The woman escaped and drove away.
After she returned a short time later and parked her pickup truck, Agee began ramming it with his Jeep, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated. He drove away after a neighbor yelled at him.
A week later, when an officer spotted Agee driving, Agee refused to stop and led police on a chase that wound through Pekin’s north side before he finally stopped. As an officer approached his vehicle, Agee took several swigs from a bottle, the affidavit stated.
Agee was sentenced to four years in prison in 2008 for violating probation on his conviction for possessing methamphetamine. He also has prior convictions for misdemeanor domestic battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.