Rockford man convicted of leading police on hour and a half long chase


Photo: Boone County Sheriff’s Office

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) — 54-year-old Leonard Jones, of Rockford, was sentenced to 6 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of leading police on a lengthy police chase after they attempted to pull him over for running a red light.

Belvidere Police say they tried to pull Jones over on May 15th, 2019, at 3:55 a.m. after a patrol officer spotted his car, which Rockford and Winnebago police reported as fleeing from them earlier that morning.

When the officer saw Jones fail to stop at a traffic light, he attempted to pull him over, at which point Jones led police on a chase for an hour and a half, until he ultimately lost control and crashed into a ditch.

He was convicted of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempt to Elude a Police Officer on September 12th.


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