Jesse Gillen

Oquawka man arrested after motorcycle, then foot chase

Henderson County Deputy Matthew Link releases the arrest of Jesse W. Gillen, age 38 of Oquawka, IL. On Thursday, 28 July 2022 at 12:05pm, Deputy Link attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a white Suzuki motorcycle for 2 violations, north of Gladstone. The driver of the motorcycle, Jesse Gillen, fled from the Deputy at a high rate of speed. The Deputy was able catch up to Gillen as he continued to flee. Gillen eventually lost control of the motorcycle on 12th Street and IL 164 in Oquawka and fled on foot. Deputy Link gave a foot chase and caught Gillen within the city block. During the foot chase, Gillen threw contraband items. Gillen was transported to the Henderson County Jail. Gillen received minor road rash injuries and was treated by the Stronghurst Ambulance. Gillen is charged with No Valid Registration, Speeding 40 plus miles an hour over the speed limit, Disregard Stop Sign, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Operating without Insurance, Resisting a Peace Officer, and Destroying Evidence. Gillen is being held in the Henderson County Jail awaiting a bond to be set by a judge. The motorcycle is being held subject to seizure for the offenses. Gillen is innocent until proven guilty.

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