Suspect leads Janesville police on Highway 51 chase

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

JANESVILLE—A man suspected of dealing heroin fled down Highway 51 toward Beloit around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Police found the minivan the man was driving but were still looking for the man.

The Janesville Police Department's Street Crimes Unit received information that the man would be selling heroin in the parking lot of the Rock County Jobs Center, 1900 Center Ave., Sgt. Chad Pearson said.

The man saw squad cars converging on the parking lot and exited onto Center Avenue before police could block him, Pearson said.

Police were still trying to determine if the minivan was the one they wanted as it sped south, Pearson said. About the time the vehicle reached Highway 11, police determined that they should stop the minivan, and a chase with lights and sirens ensued, Pearson said.

The officer leading the chase could be heard on the radio saying speeds reached 60 mph on Center Avenue and later 75 mph south of the airport.

A supervisor told the officer to break off pursuit at the intersection of Highway 51 and Beloit-Rock Townline Road. The minivan was found later in a Beloit driveway.

No arrest had been made as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, but police were seeking a “person of interest,” Pearson said.

Last updated: 4:14 pm Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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