Suspect Identified from Traffic Stop that Injured Deputy


The Henry County Sheriff’s Office identifies the suspect with a nationwide arrest warrant plus charges related to the incident that injured a Deputy.  James E. Lasenby, 21, is wanted from Indiana for a probation violation for resisting arrest. Lasenby is also wanted for charges stemming from the Henry County incident last night, including Resisting or obstructing a police officer with injury, aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a personal injury traffic crash, and other pending charges.

Also charged in the incident, Lovie Brown, 21, was charged with speeding 70 in a 55 mph, operating uninsured motor vehicle, flee to elude police, improper lane usage, aggravated battery to peace officer and obstructing justice.

Original Story – The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating a suspect with a warrant that fled from a traffic stop where a Deputy suffered minor injuries. On December 1, 2023, around 11:50 PM, a Deputy made a traffic stop on Illinois Highway 78, south of Annawan. During the traffic stop, the Deputy learned that an occupant in the vehicle had a nationwide arrest warrant. While the Deputy attempted to detain the suspect, the vehicle fled the scene causing minor injuries to the Deputy.  The Deputy pursued the vehicle due to the driver’s apparent disregard to the safety of the public.

The suspect vehicle continued to drive recklessly into Kewanee City limits until they collided with another vehicle close to the intersection of Division and Tenney Streets.  The suspect fled on foot before law enforcement arrived at the accident scene.  The Kewanee Fire Department transported the occupants of both vehicles to OSF Saint Luke Medical Center for treatment.

As of 7:30 PM December 2nd, The Henry County Sheriff’s Office said in a comment on their Facebook post that the suspect has not been apprehended and there is no immediate danger to the public.

A nationwide arrest warrant is a warrant that can be executed by law enforcement across all State’s within the United States.

The Kewanee Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies assisted the incident. This incident is under investigation and no additional information is available at this time. If you or someone you know has information regarding this incident please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 309-937-3611.

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