Man wanted in police chase that started in Rock Falls

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 12:18 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2020 at 7:41 PM CDT
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UPDATE: August 14

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has released new information about the search for a man wanted after a police chase that started in Rock Falls.

According to the sheriff’s office news release, on August 6, Donald Powell stole his uncle’s white Dodge Charger from Aurora, Colorado after shooting the family’s dog in the head.

The sheriff’s office says Powell was in possession of a stolen .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun from Indiana and fled to Illinois.

On August 7 in Rock Falls, police say they pulled Powell over on a traffic stop for an equipment violation.

Police say after Powell was identified and the vehicle was confirmed as stolen, he drove off in the vehicle and was pursued into Lee County.

According to the news release, Powell shot at officers during the pursuit. He also struck an occupied Lee County Sheriff squad car as the deputy was attempting to set up stop sticks to end the pursuit.

A deputy was transported to hospital and later released.

The sheriff’s office says Powell escaped into a nearby field following the vehicle collision.

According to the sheriff’s office Powell is suspected of stealing a gray 2019 Subaru Outback from a residence approximately 1.5 miles away from the collision. It has a regular Illinois license plate labeled BT21144. The sheriff’s office says the vehicle has been sighted several times in the Chicago area from August 7 to August 12.

The sheriff’s office says Powell is wanted for the following: Possession of Firearm by Felon; Aggravated Fleeing to Elude; Aggravated Battery; Possession of Stolen Vehicle; Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury Accident.

He is described by police to be 5′5″, 145lbs, with brown hair and black hair.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call (815) 284-6631.

The sheriff's office says Powell is suspected of stealing a gray 2019 Subaru Outback.
The sheriff's office says Powell is suspected of stealing a gray 2019 Subaru Outback.(Lee County Sheriff's Office)


Multiple Illinois police agencies are seeking a man wanted in connection with a police chase that originated in Rock Falls Friday morning.

Police said the man, Donald E. Powell, 34, struck a Lee County squad car and then ran on foot.

He was last seen in the area of Progress Drive and Dutch Road in Dixon, Illinois. Powell has an active, nationwide warrant out of Indiana.

Police said he is approximately 135 pounds with long dreadlocks with a tattoo on his left arm. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with pink writing.

Police said Powell may be armed and, if seen, to call 911. Do not approach him.

Agencies involved in the search include Dixon Police Department, Illinois State Police, Lee County Emergency Management Agency, Bureau County Sheriff’s Department, Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, Amboy Fire Department, and Lee County Sheriff’s Department.

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