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Elgin officer charged with battery in Chicago
By Gene Haschak | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 4/10/2008 12:12 AM

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An Elgin police officer was arrested at a Chicago tavern over the weekend, officials said Wednesday.

Terrence Allen, 41, was charged with battery, according to Chicago police.

An incident involving Allen occurred Sunday evening at the Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, while Allen was off duty, police said.

When a Chicago police spokeswoman was asked about the incident and the victim's condition, she replied, "This is information that we would not ordinarily release."

Elgin Deputy Police Chief Bob Beeter said Wednesday that Allen had been placed on restricted duty depending on the outcome of the court case.

Beeter said the Elgin Police Department was informed of the incident by Chicago police.

According to Beeter, "Officer Allen is now subject to two investigations, the criminal one by Chicago police and the internal one by Elgin police."

Allen has been an Elgin police officer for 18 years and was a member of the patrol division.

He will now be given a desk job in another division, pending results of the Elgin internal investigation, Beeter said.

Allen was arrested 13 years ago on Chicago's South Side on March 15, 1995, when he was charged with disorderly conduct.

Allen was placed on administrative leave, but after an internal investigation, he was returned to police duty.