Woman faces multiple charges after police pursuit


A woman faces multiple charges after a police pursuit ended with stop sticks and her arrest Wednesday.

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Prophetstown Police Department with the pursuit of a vehicle driven by Heather N. Stafford of Morrison around 7 p.m.

Stafford, 29, drove away from police during a traffic stop. The vehicle had been reported stolen to Sterling Police Department on March 6.

Prophetstown Police pursued the pickup northbound on Illinois Route 78 to Interstate 88. While traveling eastbound on Interstate 88 the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office joined in the pursuit.

The pursuit continued through Rock Falls, Sterling, Lee County and back into Sterling before ending in Rock Falls after police there deployed stop sticks.

The tires of the pickup truck Stafford was driving were punctured and she was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated fleeing or elude, disobeyed traffic control device, disobey stop sign and speeding 35 MPH over posted speed limit.

Stafford was taken to Whiteside County Jail, and is being held on a $250,000 bond.  

Agencies involved or assisted Prophetstown Police, Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, Sterling Police, Rock Falls Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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