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Illinois woman accused of using phony bills

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January 29, 2011
— An Illinois woman is in custody at the Rock County Jail after allegedly passing counterfeit bills Thursday night to an employee at the Road Dawg Saloon & Eatery, 2419 Morse St.

Sylvia Cabello, 41, of Machesney Park, Ill., was arrested on charges of multiple counts of fraud, felony fleeing, operating while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Sgt. Aaron Ellis.


A Janesville police officer was sent at 11:15 p.m. Thursday to Prime Quarter Steak House, 1900 Humes Road, for a report of someone passing counterfeit bills. While there, a second report of counterfeit bills came in at the Road Dawg Saloon, Ellis said.


When the saloon's bartender confronted the suspect, she ran out of the bar and fled in a white Ford van, he said.


Minutes later a Janesville police officer located the suspect and her vehicle on Interstate 90/39, initiating a stop between the Avalon Road and Shopiere Road exits. But as the officer approached the suspect, she took off and drove west on Shopiere Road. That's when the officer initiated pursuit at speeds of 60 mph, Ellis said.


"While pursuing her, she threw some of the counterfeit bills out the window, which were later recovered by Janesville police officers," Ellis said.


The pursuit was terminated near Shopiere and Cranston Roads as it approached the city limits of Beloit, but Janesville police continued to follow the suspect at normal patrol speeds, Ellis said.


"If it's not a violent crime, we're not going to put other people at risk," he said.


When the suspect got into the city of Beloit she took off at a high rate of speed again, Ellis said. At that point, Janesville police requested Beloit officers and Rock County Sheriff's Office deputies to get into position on Cranston Road where a Rock County deputy deployed stop sticks, he said.


"She drove until both rear tires became completely deflated and then abandoned her vehicle in the 800 block of Milwaukee Road," Ellis said. "Officers caught her after a short foot pursuit."


Police said it is unknown whether Cabello was among those passing counterfeit bills last week at businesses on West Court Street in Janesville.



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