Around 11:44 am this morning an officer attempted to stop a White 2003 Pontiac 4 door on E Riverside. They fled from officers on E Riverside. Officers terminated the chase. The suspect vehicle was last seen southbound on Forest Hills. The driver is a white male, white female passenger. Two suspects in the back with red stocking caps. They have the plate # and the person who they think is driving is wanted on a warrant.
UPDATE: They spotted the vehicle a short time later and stopped it. The male driver had gotten out of the vehicle just prior to the police stopping it and the female passenger was now driving. The police are searching the area of Toft and Pepper.
UPDATE: The Loves Park police chief spotted the suspect on foot on Alpine. The suspect fled from him on foot. They were quickly able to capture the suspect near the Walmart, near Alpine and Siesman.
Sounds like during this chase, an accident happened at Pepper and Alpine.
On Friday, February 3, at 1143 AM, a Loves Park officer attempted to stop a vehicle at Riverside & N. 2nd St. The male driver accelerated eastbound on Riverside Blvd. & was last seen fleeing eastbound on Tatum Rd. from Forest Hills Rd.
A few minutes later, officers stopped the same vehicle, being driven by a female, at Toft & Forest Rd. It was discovered that the original driver, who was driving when the officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Riverside Blvd., was no longer in the vehicle.
While the female driver of the vehicle, Sarah R. Grecula (35) of Loves Park, was being arrested, other officers combed the area looking for the original driver. Grecula was charged with obstructing justice & for driving without a seatbelt.
Within a few minutes, a male matching the description of the original driver was observed walking northbound on Alpine Rd. As the officer stopped to investigate, the male, later identified as Wesley R. Smith (28) of Poplar Grove, took off running from the officer. During a foot pursuit, Smith was tackled & handcuffed by officers.
Smith was charged with not wearing a seat belt, driving while using a cell phone, speeding, improper lane usage, driving while license suspended, aggravated fleeing to elude police & resisting arrest.
Charges are merely allegations & defendants are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a Court of Law.