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July 2014 Police Beat

*While conducting stationary patrol an officer observed a tan pickup truck pass him traveling southbound on Route 29 on 07/01/14, at about 5:40p.m. The officer noted the vehicle’s front and rear license plates did not match. After the officer caught up to the truck he turned on his lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver of the truck continued travelling southbound refusing to pull to the side of the road. The officer was using the lights and siren in an attempt to make a stop on the truck. Additionally, the officer noted the driver of the truck had his window down and appeared to glance in his rear view mirror on several occasions. The officer terminated his attempt to pull the vehicle over after following the truck for approximately two miles. Although neither of the license plates were registered to the driver, the officer eventually identified the driver, Ryan Nergenah, of Virginia, Illinois. On 07/07/14, officers made contact with Nergenah at his place of employment and cited him for the following alleged violations: fleeing or attempting to elude; driving while license is revoked; no valid registration; operating an uninsured motor vehicle; and other title violations. Court action is pending.

*A vehicle which had been parked off the road in the 500 block of Mill Street was damaged sometime between 11:30p.m., on 06/30/14 and 7:30a.m. on 07/01/14. The rear window of the truck appeared to have been hit with an object causing the glass to shatter. Damages were estimated at $600.

*A residence under construction on Potomac Drive was vandalized sometime during the first week of July. The victim reported the incident to the police on 07/06/14. Once inside the house the suspect(s) spray painted several areas of the residence and damaged the cover to a hot tub.

*An officer was sent to the area of West Main Street and Oak Hill Road on 07/07/14, at about 6:45p.m. in reference to a report of a reckless driver. Sangamon County Dispatch had received multiple calls from citizens who were reporting they were run off the road by a male subject driving a white SUV. The officer observed a white SUV parked in a garage in the 200 block of Cumberland Drive, and before he got out of his squad car a citizen approached him identifying the vehicle in the garage as the suspect vehicle. As the officer approached the garage he was met by the driver of the vehicle, Dan Stanton. The police report indicates Stanton told the officer he had just arrived home. An investigation into the incident resulted in the arrest of Stanton for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

*On 07/09/14, a resident in the 200 block of North Walnut reported to the police she had gasoline siphoned from her vehicle sometime the previous evening. She had recently filled her gas tank and noticed when she got into her car the gauge indicated the tank was only half full. She estimated she lost $35 in gasoline.

*A resident from Mishawaka Drive found his rear car window had been had been shattered when he went to get into his car on 07/14/14. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime prior to 11:30a.m. on 07/14/14.
*Michelle Woerman, of Quincy, was stopped on 07/20/14, at about 7:40p.m. During the stop the officer learned that the registration on the vehicle Woerman was driving had been suspended. She was cited for the alleged violation and her vehicle was towed.


Criminal Reports:
Contempt of Court – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 4; Criminal Damage to Vehicle – 2; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Theft – 1

Traffic Reports:
DUI – 1; Fleeing / Attempt to Elude Police – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 2; Improper Use of Registration; No Drivers License – 5; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 8; Operating While Registration Suspended – 3; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 11; Warnings Issued – 136

Calls for Service:
Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 10; Assist Own Agency – 33; Burglar Alarm Response – 13; Business / Building Checks – 10; Citizen Assists – 36; Found Property – 2; Loud Noise Complaints – 1; Motorist Assists – 9; Suspicious Auto – 2; Suspicious Person – 4; Traffic Control / Detail – 2; Vacation Checks -- 85

Case Updates:
*Beginning in February of 2014, the police department has taken a string of criminal damage to property / vandalism reports where suspect(s) used orange spray paint to damage property. Several cases reported from the Wyndmoor and Park Forest Subdivisions have been resolved. Three juvenile suspects have been identified as having been responsible for the damages and reports have been sent to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities