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Dixon car chase ends in arrest

The Rockford woman was wanted in Winnebago County for another instance of fleeing an officer

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 3:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 3:36 p.m. CDT

DIXON – A Rockford woman was arrested after she led authorities on a car chase for more than 30 minutes through Lee County Thursday.

According to the Lee County sheriff's office, an Illinois State Police officer attempted to stop Annette Wilson, 32, as she was driving on Interstate 88 east of Dixon at 10:30 a.m. Wilson then drove away at a high rate of speed.

Sate police policy is to not pursue a person in a situation like that, Lt. John Biffany said.

"You have to weigh the risk versus reward," Biffany said. "We're more likely to pursue a forcible felony suspect, such as someone wanted for murder or arson. It's inherently dangerous to pursue. ... You run a lot of risks."

Biffany said the trooper then got on the radio to provide information about the car.

That's when the sheriff's office took over. As Wilson exited I-88 at the Dixon interchange, a Lee County deputy saw her car, a gold 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, traveling south and east of Dixon on U.S. Route 52.

Every agency, Biffany said, has a different policy on pursuing suspects. Lee County's policy, in this situation, allowed for pursuit.

According to sheriff's department news release, the deputy followed Wilson as she turned south on Nachusa Road, east on U.S. Route 30, and north onto Route 52 again. Deputies layed out spike strips, but Wilson avoided them and continued heading north.

At that point, an Amboy officer who was in the area spotted the car, and followed it as it headed back toward Dixon, according to the release.

Dixon officers, too, deployed spike strips near Bloody Gulch Road, and this time they worked.

Dixon officers didn't pursue — it, too, is against their policy, Chief Danny Langloss said — but Lee County sheriff's deputies did. According to the release, deputies followed Wilson through Dixon before she finally stopped with to a flat tire at Seventh Street and Jackson Avenue. Both she and a female passenger were taken into custody.

According to Lee County Captain Joseph Brady, Wilson was wanted in Winnebago County for failing to appear on a charge of fleeing an officer. She also was driving on a suspended license.

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