RE: VEHICLE CHASE
On Saturday August 25,2018 at 2:18 PM Edwards County Sheriff's Dept. Dispatch received a call from Mount Carmel authorities concerning a vehicle that was spotted in Wabash County, the vehicle in question, a gray 2016 Nissan, came back stolen out of Tennessee, and was possibly headed toward Edwards County on HWY 15.
At 2:24 PM Edwards County Sheriff's Deputy, Sgt. Gary Ivy, located the vehicle on HWY 15 East headed toward Albion, Sgt. Ivy, joined by Albion City Police Sean Sager, initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle neared the intersection of HWY 15 and HWY 130. The suspect vehicle failed to stop and sped off, heading North on HWY 130 at speeds estimated to be in excess of 100 MPH, the suspect vehicle was driving erratic, the suspect vehicle continued North on HWY 130 until it reached Albion Equipment. At that time the vehicle turned into the Albion Equipment lot and drove through the lot at high rate of speed before entering HWY 130 again, this time heading South, the suspect vehicle then turned into the old Johnson & Briggs Tank Truck Service lot and continued South through a cornfield before coming to a stop on the North side of the Pallet Solution property against some brush on the edge of the ditch.
The suspect driving the vehicle, at that time identified only as a white female with blonde hair and possibly wearing a white dress, apparently fled the vehicle on foot heading West initially. By this time other Edwards County Sheriff's Dept. and Albion City units along with units from the Illinois Secretary of State police, and the Illinois State Police arrived at the scene to help with what was now a search for the suspect. A short time later Mt. Carmel units, including a K-9 unit arrived to help with the search, also an Edwards County EMS Ambulance was dispatched to standby close to the scene because of the heat and the unknown condition of the suspect.
The subsequent search of the area yielded no results and most of the units left the scene, Edwards County units kept patrolling the area all evening. Later in the evening a Edwards County unit was joined by a unit from the Ill. Secretary of State Police and a private citizen, who is a resident of Edwards County, and who provided a thermal image scope and night vision to help with the search, the area from Albion Equipment to the Edwards County Sportsman's Club was searched along with some areas West of there and some areas in Albion, this search also yielded no results, and the search ended at about midnight.
By this time Edwards County Authorities had made contact with authorities in Jefferson County Tennessee and had gotten an identification of a possible suspect in this vehicle theft, the suspect was identified as Sandra Gonzales, white female age 38 showing and address of 300 Chestnut Ridge Rd Afton, Tennessee.
On Sunday morning August 26, 2018 the Edwards County Sheriff's Office received a call that a female fitting the description of the suspet was seen walking on a street in Albion, a subsequent check of the area by a Edwards County Sheriff's Deputy yielded no results. A short while later the Edwards County Sheriff's Office received a call from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office dispatch that a truck possibly stolen from a Terminal Street Address in Albion had been located in Wayne County, a subsequent check at the address confirmed that the truck was stolen.
Wayne County then notified Edwards County that Wayne County and the Ill. State Police had a female suspect in custody. The female turned out to be Sandra Gonzales, Gonzales is being held in the Wayne County jail on local charges. Edwards County subsequently preliminary charged Gonzales with Reckless Driving, Driving a Vehicle Known to be Stolen and Fleeing and Eluding, Driving while License Suspended/Revoked, Speeding in Excuss of 100 MPH, Disobeying No Passing Zone, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle (2016 Nissan), and Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Vehicle (2000 Chevrolet). More charges could be forthcoming.
Charges are merely accusations, a person is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
I want to Thank all the different agencies who assisted the Edwards County Sheriff's Office in this incident it is much appreciated.
Sheriff Darby Boewe