Man accused of transporting children in high-speed chase

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Gazette staff
Friday, August 29, 2014

An Illinois man is accused of driving at speeds of up to 110 mph with two children and their mother in the car last month, according to a criminal complaint filed in Rock County Court.

Shay S. Dooley, 26, of 236 Townline Ave., No. 309, South Beloit, Ill., is charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety and trying to elude a traffic officer.

A deputy spotted a car while waiting at a railroad crossing on Beloit Avenue the afternoon of Sunday, July 6. The deputy checked the car's license plate, which came back as expired and not issued to the car it was attached to, according to the criminal complaint.

The deputy activated his emergency lights and the car accelerated, crossing the Highway 11 intersection on a red light and continuing south on County G at speeds of up to 110 mph. In doing so, the car passed a truck on its right and narrowly avoiding a collision, the deputy reported.

The deputy broke off the pursuit after 2.4 miles.

The car was traced to a woman in Footville, who was mother to Dooley's two children, according to the criminal complaint. A witness said the woman and children were in the car during the chase.

A warrant was issued for Dooley's arrest, according to online court records.

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