Ogle County Sheriff's Report: Nov. 21-22


OGLE COUNTY — On Nov. 21 at 5:18 p.m., Ogle County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Oregon EMS responded to the area of 4000 East Pine Rock Road for the report of a one vehicle crash with injuries. After an investigation, it was determined that a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by a 16-year-old male juvenile of Chana, lost control traveling south around the curve in the 4000 block of East Pine Rock Road. The Chevrolet entered the east ditch, and rolled back onto the roadway. The 16-year-old male juvenile driver was checked by Oregon EMS, and refused treatment with a parent present. A 14-year old-male juvenile passenger, also of Chana, was transported to KSB Hospital by Oregon EMS for non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

On Nov 21 at approximately 9 a.m., Ogle County Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the 6600 block of North Route 2.  After an investigation, Christian Bejna, age 30 of Oregon was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Bejna was given an I-bond for driving on a suspended license, and a verbal warning for operating an electronic device. The vehicle was removed from the location by Nielson towing. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

On Nov. 22 at 5:21 a.m., Deputies responded to the 20,000 block of East Illinois Route 38 in reference to two separate accidents.  Upon arrival, Deputies learned a black Infinity G35, driven by Giovanni Serrano, age 21 of Rochelle, was traveling westbound on Route 38 when he began to spin out of control before traveling off the north side of the roadway.  The vehicle then overturned several times before coming to rest on its side in a cornfield.  Serrano was transported to Rochelle Community Hospital by Rochelle EMS and later flown to St. Anthony’s Hospital for serious injuries.  Serrano was issued a citation for Improper Lane Usage.  This accident remains under investigation.  Deputies also learned of a second accident, which had occurred at the same location.  A gray Subaru SUV, driven by Damien Blake, age 30 of Rockford, was traveling westbound on Route 38 when it struck debris in the roadway from Serrano’s vehicle.  Blake then lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the south side of the roadway before coming to rest in a cornfield.  A passenger in the vehicle, Anton Baker, age 36 of Rockford, sustained minor injuries and was later transported to Rochelle Community Hospital by Rochelle EMS.  Creston Fire/EMS also assisted with both accidents.       

On Nov. 22 at approximately 2:15 p.m., Deputies responded to Illinois Route 251 and Big Mound Road in reference to a two vehicle accident with injuries.  After investigation Deputies  learned learned that a maroon Hyundai passenger car, driven by 19-year-old Tyree Simmons of Rochelle, was traveling northbound on Route 251 and had stopped at the Big Mound intersection and was waiting to turn.  A white Chrysler passenger car, driven by Jeremiah Gerard, age 25 of Rockford, was also traveling northbound on Route 251 and struck the rear of the Hyundai.  Gerard was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  Gerard was transported to Mercy Hospital by New Mulford Ambulance for a minor injury.  A minor in the Hyundai was transported to Rochelle Hospital for minor injuries by Lynn Scott Rock ambulance. 

On Nov. 22 at 12:06 p.m. the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a vehicle pursuit southbound on Illinois Route 26 from Freeport. The pursuit involved the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office and a white Mazda MX5. The pursuit continued south on Route 26 and then continued south on Freeport Road.  In the area of Freeport Road and Milledgeville Road an Ogle County Deputy deployed stops stick in an effort to flatten the fleeing vehicle's tires and end the pursuit.  As the driver of the fleeing vehicle approached the Deputy he veered left in an attempt to strike the Deputy, who was on the shoulder of the opposite lane of traffic.  The Deputy was able to move out of the way of the fleeing vehicle.  A collision between the fleeing vehicle and a Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office occurred after the fleeing vehicle entered the roadway. The driver of the fleeing vehicle, Brian Taylor 49 of Massillon, Ohio was taken into custody by the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office. Taylor was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and is currently being held at the Ogle County Jail. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office completed the crash investigation and additional charges are pending in both Ogle and Stephenson County.  

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