Woman who struck, fled Arsenal Police has history of driving while suspended

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) - 23-year-old Lateisha Willett appeared in Federal court Thursday; charged with resisting arrest, fleeing, and driving on a suspended license. Willett has been convicted of driving on a suspended license before. She is currently wanted in Rock Island County for failing to show up to court on a charge of driving on a suspended license.

Wednesday, she was sitting in traffic on Arsenal Island waiting for a barge to lock through. Court records said an Arsenal Police squad car was behind her. Officers noticed a large crack in her windshield, ran her plates, and found out her license was suspended. Records said they tried stopping her. Records said Willett pulled out of the traffic lane but kept moving forward, eventually making a u-turn at the bridge. Records said officers kept telling her to stop, she ignored those orders, hit one of the officer's legs and then sped off after he jumped out of the way.

Arsenal police lost sight of her after she passed the railroad bridge. Police turned around in Rock Island and saw her on 4Th avenue. Records said she took off again and turned back onto Arsenal Island, sped toward the bridge which was still swung open, and that's where a bystander captured video of her arrest.

The video shows officers blocked her in near the entrance to the bridge. Records said one officer used his baton to break Willett's driver's side window. Officers were able to pull her out of the car and arrested her.

Willett's been convicted at least three times of driving while suspended in Iowa. Her Rock Island County case is pending.

Willett's next Federal court appearance is on Monday. She has not yet entered a plea to the charges. She's being held in the Rock Island county jail on a Federal detainer.

A second officer suffered minor injuries while struggling to restrain Willett during the arrest. Willett was taken to the hospital before being sent to jail.