On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the BELVIDERE POLICE DEPARTMENT, BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, and BELVIDERE FIRE DEPARTMENT responded to the Belvidere Park to search for and rescue a 29 year old Belvidere woman and her 1 year old child from a vehicle that went into the Kishwaukee River.
EMBER HALL, 29 years old, of Belvidere, Illinois was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer (Class 2 Felony), and the following Class A Misdemeanor’s; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Endangering the Life or Health of a Child, Fleeing to Elude, Reckless Driving, and Resisting Arrest. Hall remains in the Boone County Jail in lieu of $300,000 10% bond.
At approximately 3:00 am the Belvidere Police Department responded to the 500 block of Gaynor Dr. for a report of an intoxicated female trying to drive away with her child in the vehicle.
Belvidere Officers located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle fled into the Belvidere Park where the driver drove her vehicle into the Kishwaukee River. Belvidere Officers went into the river and had to break the vehicle window to remove the 1 year old child. Belvidere Officers were able swim the child to a waiting Deputy on the banks of the river. Belvidere Officers were then able to remove the driver from the vehicle and get her to safety.
The Belvidere Fire Department’s Dive Team searched the submerged vehicle for any other occupants and confirmed there were only two occupants.
After a criminal investigation the BOONE COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE authorized charges and the driver was arrested. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was notified and the child was released to a family member.
Without the quick and selfless response from all the first responders this incident could have had a tragic ending.
The investigation is on-going and charges could be authorized or upgraded. A class 2 felony is punishable by three (3) to seven (7) years in the Department of Corrections. A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in an Adult Correctional Facility.
Police are saying the woman is in jail after intentionally driving her vehicle into the Kishwaukee River. She wanted to harm herself and the 2 year old child, police say. The woman is in jail and the child is expected to be OK. The child is in stable condition at a local hospital
UPDATE: Vehicle crashed into the water. There was a water rescue. A woman and child were in the vehicle. The vehicle was fully submerged in the water. They were able to be rescued and transported to a nearby hospital.
Around 3 am this morning several Rockford Scanner fans were reporting a large unknown scene in Belvidere. It happened near the Belvidere park area. They said there were multiple police and fire trucks in the area. Other fans said there was a strong chemical odor in the area. At the time of writing this, it was not yet known what happened. If you have information, please contact us