Officers were involved in a high-speed pursuit this afternoon that resulted in the arrest of two suspects on felony charges.
The arrested individuals include Stephan J. Ross-Traylor, 23, of Beloit, and Keanthony M. Spence, 25, of Beloit. Ross-Traylor, who was a passenger in the vehicle, has a known history of weapons violations and escape; he is facing several significant felonies in Rock County Circuit Court. The driver, Spence, also had felony warrants out for his arrest.
We receive an anonymous tip that Ross-Traylor had been spotted in a vehicle near St. Lawrence Avenue and Moore Street. Officers located the vehicle around 3:30 p.m. at Shirland and Townline avenues. The vehicle fled from officers at an extremely high rate of speed and the driver of the vehicle, Spence, exhibited extremely reckless behavior. The pursuit went through the downtown Beloit area and on the interstate. The vehicle was ultimately stopped on I-90 at 173 near Machesney Park. Both individuals attempted to flee on foot, however, they were arrested and taken to the Winnebago County Jail in Illinois.
Thank you to all of the neighboring law enforcement agencies who assisted in the capture of these two individuals, including the Machesney Park Police Department, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, Roscoe Police Department, South Beloit Police Department, Illinois State Police, and Loves Park Police Department.
We also greatly appreciate the tip that led to the arrest of these dangerous individuals.
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Unconfirmed reports are saying these were robbery suspects and the chase started near Beloit and came down into Illinois on I-90. At least one person is in custody.
Sources are reporting several officers were chasing a dark colored truck on I-90. The suspect in the vehicle then got out of the truck and fled into a nearby field. Numerous officers had a perimeter around the field. Traffic is backed up for many miles. Unknown why the man fled from police. Still developing