Ex-con gets jail for attacking Naperville cop, driving illegally

Nathan M. Pope
Nathan M. Pope

A former prison inmate from central Naperville is now serving time in DuPage County Jail, for attacking a city police officer and then driving illegally while he was free on bond in the first matter.

The man, Nathan M. Pope, also was convicted in April of shoplifting in Naperville, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton. He received a 90-day jail term in connection with that crime, records indicated.

Pope, 31, lives in an apartment complex on the 100 block of East Bailey Road. He remains in DuPage County Jail, where he is serving time on misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault of a peace officer and driving with a revoked license.

Court records showed Associate Judge Jane H. Mitton sentenced Pope late last week to 60 days in jail in the illegal driving case, and 30 days for the attack on the police officer. The terms are running concurrently.

Pope was arrested about 1:01 p.m. Feb. 22 at his home. Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis said police had been sent there to settle a domestic quarrel.

During the police investigation, Pope was “uncooperative, and subsequently tried to strike one of the officers,” Davis said earlier this year. No one was injured during the incident.

Pope, while free on bond in that matter, was arrested in late March with another man, and charged with shoplifting from an unidentified store in Naperville.

He added to his troubles just after 11 p.m. July 19, when a patrol officer stopped him in his car not far from his home. He was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license, and for illegally possessing or transporting alcohol, according to police records.

Pope’s criminal record in DuPage County dates back at least 16 years. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail after being found guilty of fleeing from the scene of a May 1998 traffic crash in Lombard, court records indicated.

A judge in November 2000 ordered Pope to serve three years in a boot camp-style program run by the Illinois Department of Corrections. That followed convictions for stealing or being in possession of two vehicles taken earlier that year in Carol Stream and Glen Ellyn, records showed.

Pope in 2005 was sentenced to three years in prison, for burglaries he committed in April 2003 in Glen Ellyn and Lombard. That sentence also took into account an August 2004 burglary attempt in Wheaton, according to prison records.

He also was sentenced to six months in jail in May 2011, for a theft the previous November in Woodridge. Court records indicated he served that term concurrent with a six-month sentence he received on a charge of attempted forgery in Clarendon Hills.

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