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High-speed chase ends on foot
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MONROE - A Rockford man was arrested Thursday, Nov. 29, after he led police on a high-speed chase that ended on foot and ultimately winded him.

Kareem A. Stewart, 31, was jailed on an initial felony charge of knowingly fleeing an officer, according to Police Chief Fred Kelley.

An officer spotted a stopped car in the 1300 block of 16th Street and suspected it or the occupants may be related to an ongoing investigation.

The driver, later identified as Stewart, took off when the officer activated the squad's lights. He fled at a high rate of speed, running stop signs and red traffic lights and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Stewart finally abandoned the car in the parking lot of Stop-N-Go at 16th Avenue and 8th Street and fled on foot.

Officers chased him through a few backyards before catching him about two blocks away to the north, according to Kelley.

Police took Stewart to Monroe Clinic for a medical check-up because he was complaining of a shortness of breath. Staff at the hospital found he was just out of shape and winded from running. He was jailed.

"If you're going to run from the police, you'd better be in better shape," Kelley said.

Stewart faces additional charges to be determined by the district attorney, Kelley added. These are likely to include citations for reckless driving and running stop signs and red lights, he said.

State court records show Stewart was arrested in Green County in 2008 on charges of possessing marijuana and cocaine with the intent to deliver. He was convicted on the cocaine charge and sentenced to a year and a half in a state prison and five years of extended supervision.

- Katjusa Cisar