CHARLESTON — A Charleston man is in custody at the Coles County jail after being arrested on Friday on a Coles warrant following a police pursuit through three counties.
The pursuit of Timothy W. Stutts, 34, reportedly began because of his alleged involvement in a Cumberland County home invasion early Friday morning. The pursuit later started in Moultrie County, went through Douglas County, and ended in Champaign County.
A press release from the Illinois State Police and participating county sheriff's offices reported that the incident started when Cumberland deputies received a report of an armed home invasion in their county at approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday.
The home invasion reportedly involved a white male, later identified as Stutts, allegedly forcefully entering a residence where he displayed a handgun and took possession of the resident's car. Cumberland deputies requested that the State Police notify other law enforcement agencies in the area.
Sullivan Police Department personnel later observed the stolen vehicle in their city and they attempted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle did not yield to their emergency lights, and a pursuit then ensued.
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The pursuit involved multiple law enforcement agencies. A Douglas County squad car was reportedly damaged as a direct result of the suspect's flight. The vehicular pursuit ended when the stolen vehicle was mechanically disabled on Champaign County 1800E, just north of 300N, near Philo at approximately 4:50 a.m. Friday.
Police reported that the driver, Stutts, immediately fled the vehicle. At that time, a perimeter was set up in the area where multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in searching for the suspect.
At approximately 11:26 a.m, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a wireless caller advising they were in Champaign County and observed a suspicious person near 1800E County Road 300N. Officers from Champaign County, Douglas County, Newman Police Department, State Police, and Villa Grove Police Department responded to this call.
This police response resulted in the arrest of Stutts on a Coles County warrant. Police reported that additional charges stemming from the home invasion and pursuits are expected for Stutts.
Stutts was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries received during the course of the pursuit. He was taken into custody at the Coles County jail at 4 p.m. Friday. He was still being held there Sunday afternoon on arrest warrants for charges of domestic battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.