ROCKFORD — Two people were charged Thursday morning after officers were alerted of a stolen vehicle in the area of Hillcrest Road and Lanewood Drive, police said.
An initial attempt to stop the vehicle was unsuccessful. It was spotted a second time in the area of Eastlawn Drive and Creek View Road.
The driver, identified as 18-year-old Miguel Rodriguez of Rockford, fled on foot and was captured in Alpine Park with help from a Winnebago County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit.
Rodriguez is charged with unlawful possession of stolen vehicle, driving with a revoked license, criminal trespass to a vehicle, criminal trespass to state supported land, resisting arrest and fleeing to elude.
A 17-year-old female passenger whom police said was in possession of a handgun was also taken into custody.
She is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and was taken to the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center.
Ken DeCoster: 815-987-1391; email@example.com; @DeCosterKen