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Rock Falls felon wanted on warrants arrested after fleeing deputies, crashing on Route 30

ROCK FALLS – A Rock Falls man on probation, with a felony meth and two petty theft cases pending, was arrested tonight after he crashed while fleeing Whiteside County sheriff's deputies who tried to arrest him on several outstanding warrants.

Chad A. Payne drove off after deputies and Sheriff John Booker followed him into the parking lot of Sunset Apartments, off east U.S. Route 30.

Payne fled east and crashed at Route 30 and McNeil Road, took off on foot and was caught in short order by the K-9 unit, Booker said.

He was taken to CGH Medical Center to be checked out for minor injuries before being taken to the county lockup, Booker said. No one else was injured.

Two apartments also were searched this evening.

Rock Falls and state police and Lee County sheriff's deputies assisted.

Payne is charged with possession of less than 5 grams of meth in an October case, and with two counts of misdemeanor retail theft in March, both in Whiteside County, where he sentenced to two-and-a-half years probation in May 2019 for felony battery.

He also was convicted in Lee County in June 2018 of possession of meth, and also sentenced to two-and-a-half years probation.

More information on his current charges will be available Friday, Booker said.

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