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A man is in custody after leading authorities on a chase across several counties.

43-year-old Matthew Harkey was taken to the hospital Thursday, March 14 after the chase ended in a crash.

Harkey led police through Edgar, Douglas and Coles counties.

He was originally on the run from the Rockford area.

Earlier Wednesday, March 13, officers responded to a possible abduction and sexual assault to a woman in Winnebago County.

They found a woman who was suffering from head injuries, who they say got away from Harkey.

He faces charges for home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault in Winnebago County and other charges here in central Illinois.

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