Police searching

Squad cars line old Route 26 between Route 29 and Interstate 180 near Hennepin this morning after a motorist in a pickup truck refused to stop for Putnam County deputies and led them on a pursuit into Bureau, where he eventually was stopped. However, officers believed the driver threw items out of the vehicle while being pursued. 

Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies made an arrest on traffic charges, but may file more charges after pursuing the driver of a pickup truck from Putnam County into Bureau Junction.

At 8:37 a.m. Tuesday, Billy R. Tillotson, 50, of Bureau was charged with two counts of failure to signal, driving while license revoked and fleeing and eluding, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Tillotson was released with a notice to appear in court.

Tillotson’s pickup was observed on Old Route 26 and Route 26 in Hennepin, and a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. Tillotson failed to stop for the deputy and proceeded onto Interstate 180, crossing the Illinois River, and exiting onto Pike Road in Bureau County.

Deputies reported the driver discarded several items out the window during the brief pursuit.

Tillotson’s vehicle finally stopped at a residence in Bureau, where he was apprehended.

After he was taken into custody, law enforcement officers congregated along Pike Road between I-180 and Route 29 and recovered items alleged to have been discarded by Tillotson.

Items will be sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab for further processing. More charges may be filed at a later day.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by members of Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office and DePue Police Department.

dogs were on the way to the scene.


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