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Motorcycle crashes after police stop chase

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Gazette Staff
August 4, 2008
— The driver and passenger of a motorcycle, which was pursued by Beloit Township police before crashing, were flown to hospitals in Madison and Rockford, Ill., for treatment after an early morning accident.

Rock County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Ronald S. Miller, 21, of South Beloit, Ill., sitting in the grass on South Afton Road at the intersection of West B-R Townline Road at 1:19 a.m. Moments later, they discovered Tara Gatlin, 33, of Louisville, Ky., in a field west of the intersection.


Miller had been driving a motorcycle west on Townline Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the “T” intersection with South Afton Road, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The motorcycle, according to the investigation, then continued west and hit a metal fence gate throwing Miller and Gatlin, who were not wearing helmets, off the motorcycle.


Town of Beloit EMS took Miller to the Beloit Memorial Hospital. A short time later he was transferred to University Hospital, Madison, to be treated for head and right arm injuries.


Gatlin initially was treated by Beloit Fire Department paramedics then flown to St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, to receive treatment for her head and right leg injuries.


The pursuit by Beloit Township police before the accident was terminated as directed by the department’s policy, according to the sheriff’s office.


Miller was charged with injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle by the sheriff’s office. Charges by Beloit Township police are pending in light of the ongoing investigation.


Miller was listed in fair condition this morning at University Hospital, while Gatlin was listed in critical condition at St. Anthony Medical Center.



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