Man wanted in Rockford area abduction hurt after crashing car in Piatt County during chase

Man wanted in Rockford area abduction hurt after crashing car in Piatt County during chase

CERRO GORDO — A Rockford man wanted in the abduction of a woman Wednesday afternoon near that city was injured when his SUV crashed during a chase early Thursday morning on Illinois 32 about halfway between Cerro Gordo and Cisco in western Piatt County.

According to a state police report, at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Matthew Harkey, 43, was heading north on Illinois 32 while being pursued by multiple authorities when he lost control about a quarter-mile north of County Road 1045 North, hitting the guardrail and causing his Nissan Rogue to overturn multiple times.

The report said Harkey, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police in Roscoe, Illinois, said on Wednesday, Harkey abducted a woman from her home near Rockford and caused her to have a head injury. The woman escaped from a Roscoe home and called police, leading to the manhunt that ended in Piatt County.

Prosecutors charged Harkey in a warrant with home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and residential burglary.  His bond is $1 million.

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