Rockford, Illinois News

Rockford man charged after police chase

ROCKFORD – A Rockford man faces several charges after a police chase on the city’s near-east side.

Zachary Martinez, 25, is charged with armed violence, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, unlawful possession of a handgun by a street gang member, unlawful use of weapons by a felon, aggravated feeing to elude police, reckless driving, and resisting arrest.

At around 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, Rockford detectives observed someone they say is Martinez driving a vehicle near the 2900 block of Glenwood Avenue. Detectives attempted to conduct a traffic stop as the vehicle pulled into a driveway.

Police say Martinez refused to get out of the vehicle, drove through the back yard of 2911 Glenwood Avenue, and into a field along a drainage ditch behind the home. Martinez then allegedly drove along the ditch until he attempted to drive into the drainage ditch, which disabled his vehicle.

Martinez then got out of the vehicle and was allegedly armed with a gun and a small backpack.

He allegedly threw the gun, which officers later recovered, and ran north in the ditch. He was pursued by detectives and was located, a short time later, hiding in a garbage dumpster behind the Rockton Avenue Shopping Center.

Martinez is being held in the Winnebago County Jail. His bon is set at $100,000.

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