MACOMB (WGEM) — Three Illinois men have been arrested in McDonough County following a burglary and chase in a stolen truck.
McDonough County Sheriff Nick Petitgout reported the arrest of William Kimmel, 19, of Loami, Mason Fuller, 19, of Ipava, and Christopher Fernandez, 20, of Bardolph.
Petitgout stated that on Sunday at 11:32 p.m. a Macomb resident reported a burglary and told dispatchers that he just watched his truck leave northbound on East 1600th Street towards Bushnell.
A McDonough County Sheriff’s Deputy located the stolen maroon 2007 Chevrolet truck near the Bushnell Police Department and attempted to stop it. Kimmel, who was driving the truck, stopped the truck long enough for the deputy to get out of his patrol car, then sped away. The deputy pursued the truck southbound on Illinois Route 41.
Another McDonough County Deputy located the truck near Bardolph where Kimmel drove through a field near the intersection of East 1800th and North 1300th to avoid the deputy.
Kimmel then turned off his headlights and traveled north into Bardolph. Kimmel eventually hit a ditch at the intersection of Hanna Street and Poplar Street. Then Kimmel and Fuller, who was a passenger, ran from the truck.
After a short chase, both suspects were apprehended at 12:12 a.m.
Petitgout stated Kimmel, was transported to McDonough District Hospital for an injury he sustained in the traffic crash. He was released from the hospital after a few hours and transported to the McDonough County Jail.
Fuller, was taken to the McDonough County Jail.
A third suspect, Fernandez, was arrested for his participation in the burglary and theft of the vehicle.
Kimmel was charged with Burglary, Theft Over $500.00, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting a Peace Officer, and Aggravated Reckless Driving. Kimmel was issued several traffic citations. Kimmel needs $50,000.00 cash bond 10% to apply.
Fuller was charged with Burglary, Theft Over $500.00, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Resisting a Peace Officer. Fuller needs $20,000.00 cash bond 10% to apply.
Fernandez was charged with Burglary, Theft Over $500.00, and Resisting a Peace Officer. Fernandez posted $730.00 cash bond and was released from custody on 02/09/20.
The Bushnell Police Department assisted in the investigation.
All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.