Police in 3 counties hunting for driver
RANTOUL — Police in at least three counties spent a good part of Tuesday morning trying to stop a car believed to be driven by a Rantoul man wanted on warrants.
Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said at 9:46 a.m., a Rantoul patrol officer tried to stop a yellow Chevrolet Cavalier believed to be driven by Lawrence Lillard, 30, at Oakcrest and Clark streets on the city's north side.
Beach said the driver failed to stop and the officer, a patrol sergeant and two detectives pursued him to the Ford County line then alerted Paxton police and Ford County deputies about him.
Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said the driver came into Paxton then left on the city's north side, entering Iroquois County, then turning back west, then south, re-entering Champaign County.
Beach said at 10:18 a.m., the driver came back on U.S. 136 headed east.
"We set up positions on the west side of Rantoul near the interstate to try to stop him before he came back into Rantoul, but instead he got on the interstate and headed south," Beach said.
As of early afternoon, Beach said police had not located the car. Rantoul notified Illinois State Police once the car headed south on I-57.
Lillard is wanted on warrants in two different cases — one for burglary and theft filed in November and the other for criminal damage to property filed in January.