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Crime & Courts

Police arrest man after chase through DeKalb

DeKALB – Police arrested a Broadview man Wednesday morning after a chase that began on DeKalb’s south side and ended on the other side of town.

The miles-long chase ended with Kenneth L. Rhodes III, 23, of the 1900 block of South 15th Avenue, in police custody, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Rhodes faces multiple charges including aggravated fleeing to elude, reckless driving, resisting a peace officer and multiple moving violations, according to the release.

If convicted of the most serious charge, aggravated fleeing to elude, Rhodes could be sentenced to probation or one to three years in prison, and his driver’s license would be revoked.

Police said the incident began at 5:44 a.m., when a DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Rhodes.

Rhodes did not stop at first, instead driving into a nearby subdivision across Fairview from the Fairview Park Cemetery, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said. He then ran from the vehicle.

Police chased Rhodes, but he was able to get back into his vehicle and drove off.

Deputies placed “stop sticks” meant to deflate tires at the exit of the subdivision, and Rhodes drove over them, Sullivan said.

The vehicle’s tires slowly went flat as Rhodes drove away in what became a low-speed pursuit, with Rhodes heading north into DeKalb, Sullivan said. Rhodes’ vehicle never went faster than 45 mph, Sullivan said.

Rhodes finally pulled off Annie Glidden Road at the University Village Apartments, 800 N. Annie Glidden, and again ran away. Police were able to catch him after a short chase, and had Rhodes in custody by 6:05 a.m., Sullivan said.

After Rhodes was arrested, he complained of shortness of breath and was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital for treatment, Sullivan said.

He was expected to be brought to the DeKalb County Jail, Sullivan said.

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