DIXON – A suspected car thief also wanted in Indiana on a weapons charge is still at-large in the area and considered to be armed and dangerous following an "exhaustive search of over four townships," Lee County Sheriff John Simonton said.

Multiple police agencies began a search near the industrial park by Interstate 88 and adjacent corn fields for Donald E. Powell, of Chicago, and the search continues with the Illinois State Police, Dixon Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Evidence of Powell’s route to avoid capture was found, and indications are that he may have made his way to a nearby roadway and gained some form of transportation, Simonton said.

According to Dixon Police Lt. Brad Sibley:

The incident began around 4 a.m., Powell of Chicago, for whom a nationwide arrest warrant was issued, fled from Rock Falls police, who recognized him, traveled down Interstate 88 at a high rate of speed, exited at Route 26 in Dixon and broadsided a Lee County sheriff's deputy squad car. The deputy was not injured.

Powell, who is considered armed and dangerous and may be injured from the crash, fled on foot near Dutch Road and Progress Drive.

The search involved the use of drones by the Emergency Management Agencies in Lee and Bureau County, as well as Amboy Fire Department and Ogle County Sheriff’s Office; K-9’s from Lee County Sheriff’s Office, DPD and ISP District 15; bloodhounds from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, ISP Air Operations; and multiple agency personnel from the Sauk Valley area.

Powell is 34, black, about 135 pounds, with long dreadlocks and a tattoo on his left arm; he is wearing a black hoodie with pink writing on the back.

Simonton asks that residents remain aware of their surroundings and report any possible sighting of Powell to 911.

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