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Man whose motorcycle broke down while fleeing police arrested in Woodstock

Michael E. Rodriguez, 25, of Lake in the Hills.

A Lake in the Hills man riding with a group of motorcycles, who fled from the police, was arrested after his motorcycle broke down and became disabled in Woodstock.

The Woodstock Police Department posted on social media on August 28 asking for the public’s help in identifying a person on a dirt bike who was driving recklessly.

“While his stunts were impressive, performing them on Route 47 wasn’t only illegal, it was very unsafe for himself and other motorists, especially while traffic was so busy. Refusing to stop for a police officer and the several other traffic violations he committed were equally unsafe and illegal,” officials said.

The motorcycle was a white and blue dirt bike with no license plate. The driver was wearing all black clothing, a face mask and a black WWII style German helmet without the spike.

On Sunday, a group of motorcyclists were seen driving recklessly in Woodstock and officers attempted to pull them over.

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“Once again, they all decided to not comply and fled without pulling over. After a very brief pursuit, we terminated our efforts because we didn’t want to jeopardize the safety of those we serve because of the senseless acts of a few individuals,” police said.

“However, shortly after we terminated our efforts, one of the fleeing suspect’s machine broke down and became disabled – LOL ,” Woodstock police said in a social media post.

Michael E. Rodriguez, 25, of the 100 block of Deer Path Road in Lake in the Hills, was arrested and charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, a Class 4 felony.

Police said they believe that one of the people in this most recent incident was also the offender on August 28.

Rodriguez was transported to the McHenry County jail and released after posting 10% of his $5,000 bond.


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