Sterling man arrested after Mendota pursuit

Joshua N. Hamrick – Photo Mendota Police Department

MENDOTA – A high speed pursuit Thursday afternoon in Mendota ended off road south of the city with a Sterling man facing numerous charges. Mendota Police say around 4:45 PM they attempted to stop a black Porsche Cayenne that allegedly drove the wrong way down 7th Avenue.   A passenger reportedly exited the vehicle at the intersection of 6th Ave and 6th Street, then the driver led officers on a chase down multiple streets to 13th Ave where the vehicle left the roadway behind a church in the 4100 block of Illinois Route 251.  Authorities say the driver, 38-year-old Joshua N. Hamrick of Sterling,  exited the vehicle but was taken into custody shortly there after.  He is facing multiple charges, including Fleeing and Eluding and two failure to appear charges out of Lee and Whiteside County.  Mendota Police say additional charges pertaining to auto theft and possession of a stolen motor vehicle are pending.  Hamrick is currently being held at the Mendota Police Department pending transfer to the LaSalle County Jail.
List of charges provided below
  1. Wanted out of Lee County for Failure to Appear Contempt of Court
  2. Wanted out of Whiteside County for Failure To Appear
  3. Driving While Revoked
  4. Fleeing and Eluding Police
  5. Disobeying Stop Sign
  6. Improper Lane Usage
  7. Reckless driving
  8. Improper use of fraudulent registration
  9. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance