Neponset Man Leads Kewanee Police on High Speed Chase after A Hit-and-Run

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A Neponset man is alleged to have struck a vehicle and a male pedestrian in the 600 block of North Jackson before fleeing the scene and leading Kewanee Police on a two-county pursuit.  Cole Carlson, 24, of Neponset led police on a high-speed chase from Kewanee into Bureau County and back into Kewanee before a flat tire caused his vehicle to stop on East 2nd Street by Washington Apartments in the early morning of December 7, 2022.  According to the Kewanee Police Department, police responded to a complaint that Cole Carlson intentionally struck a vehicle and a male subject before fleeing.  Officers located Mr. Carlson driving the suspect vehicle in Kewanee and attempted to make a traffic stop but Carlson refused to stop for police.  Carlson attempted to flee on foot when the vehicle became disabled but was quickly apprehended by officers.  Carlson was transported to the Kewanee Police Department where he was processed and transported to the Henry County Jail.

On December 8, 2022, The Henry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed numerous traffic violations, Aggravated Assault (Class 4 Felony), Resisting a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony), Resisting a Peace Officer (Class A Misdemeanor), Criminal Damage to Property (Class A Misdemeanor), Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding (Class 4 Felony), Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License (Class A Misdemeanor), Reckless Driving (Class A Misdemeanor) 3 counts of Speeding 35+ MPH Over Speed Limit (Class A Misdemeanors) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor) 2022CF344.  A Class 4 Felony is punishable by 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Carlson’s bond was set at $50,000 (10%).  A Preliminary Hearing is scheduled for December 19, 2022, at 1 PM.  The Henry County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this incident.

Carlson was also charged for a previous fleeing incident from October 11, 2022.  The Henry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed numerous traffic violations, Attempt to Flee and Elude (Class A Misdemeanor), Reckless Driving (Class A Misdemeanor), and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License (Class A Misdemeanor) 2022MT759.  An Arraignment is scheduled for December 12, 2022, at 9:30 AM  Additionally, a felony charge was added for the October fleeing incident.  Carlson is charged with Aggravated Fleeing to Elude (Class 4 Felony), Attempt to Flee and Elude (Class A Misdemeanor) and Reckless Driving (Class A Misdemeanor) 2022CF347  A First Appearance is scheduled for December 12, 2022, at 9:30 AM.  The Felony and Traffic cases will merge following his arraignment.

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