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OTTAWA — A repeat drunk-driver was ordered held on $1 million and faces up to 30 years in prison for allegedly leading Earlville police on a car and foot chase that ended with him being Tasered.
Larry O. Tillman, 42, of 805 S. West St., Earlville was charged Friday with four felony charges stemming from a Wednesday night police chase in which he allegedly blew through town at speeds up to 35 mph over the posted limit, drove through residential yards, smacked into a parked car and destroyed a mailbox.
Tillman’s most serious charge is one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony carrying an extended sentencing range of 6-30 years due to his multiple priors for DUI and/or driving while revoked as a result of DUI convictions.
Tillman also faces two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding and driving while revoked, all Class 4 felonies carrying 1-3 years.
During a bond hearing Friday, assistant La Salle County state’s attorney Matt Kidder called Tillman a danger to society, and Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia agreed, setting a seven-figure bond. Tillman needs to post $100,000 in cash to be released from La Salle County Jail.
An Earlville police report and the factual presentation before Raccuglia indicated Tillman briefly pulled over after a patrol officer halted him for expired license plates. Before the officer could exit his cruiser, Tillman allegedly took off and the spinning tires threw gravel onto the cruiser. The subsequent chase lasted eight to 10 minutes.
While allegedly fleeing, Kidder said, Tillman reached speeds of 60 mph in a 25-mph speed zone and damaged a car and mailbox while crossing through several yards.
After Tillman’s car struck a woodpile, Kidder said, Tillman exited his vehicle and ran from police. He allegedly produced a utility knife when confronted by police, who used a Taser gun to subdue him.
Tillman later registered a blood-alcohol content of .240, three times the legal limit. Earlville police said Tillman later complained of chest and leg pain and was taken to Mendota Community Hospital for treatment before being transferred to La Salle County Jail on Thursday.
“(The officer) was able to use his Taser in a situation like this where if it turned bad, he might have had to shoot him,” Earlville chief Joe Plumlee said. “The Taser might have saved his life.”
Tillman will next appear Jan. 31 for appearance with the public defender and arraignment.