On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at approximately 3:30 a.m., members of the Rockford Police SCOPE team were on patrol in the area of Broadway and 8th Street when they observed a vehicle that officers recognized as having fled from them on Saturday, September 2, 2017. As officers attempted to investigate, the driver of the vehicle accelerated and subsequently crashed into a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of South 5th Street. The driver then exited the vehicle and fled on foot and was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.
The driver was identified as 33-year-old Rockford resident, Christopher Owens. Owens was found in possession of a quantity of heroin. Officers learned that his driver’s license was revoked and that he was on parole.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s office was contacted and authorized the following charges against Owens:
Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver
Driving while License Revoked
Hit and Run
Failure to Reduce speed to Avoid an Accident
Owens was transported to the Winnebago County Jail and lodged.
This is an ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time.
The charges against Owens are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.