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Quincy woman caught after chase, 3-hour standoff

Quincy woman caught after chase, 3-hour standoff

4 weeks, 1 day ago by Scott Hardy

Mercedes Patterson accused of stealing QPD cruiser

A Quincy woman is behind bars after leading three police agencies Wednesday on a high speed chase across two states, then stealing a Quincy Police Department squad car, and later barracading herself in a Quincy home for nearly three hours before being captured.

The Adams County Sherrif's Office identifies her as 25-year old Mercedes Patterson, and say the incident started at 3:40 AM Wednesday. That's when Adams County deputies received the first report of 3 stolen trucks off Highway 61 in Houston Township. The report says that at 7:00 AM, a car was stolen in Camp Point. At 8:30 AM, deputies saw the stolen car on Illinois 61 near 336 and tried to pull Patterson over. She didn't stop, and instead led Adams County deputies and Quincy Police on a chase in Quincy, crossing over to Missouri, and then being chased by authorities there before coming back into Quincy. 

The report says that Patterson wrecked the stolen car at 4th and Spring, and when a QPD officer pulled up, Patterson evaded the officer, jumped into their police car and took off. She then wrecked the squad car at 3rd and Maple and ran to a home at 209 Maple. Officers surrounded the home, and after 3 hours, she was brought out at 2:15 PM Wednesday afternoon when a search warrant was executed.

Patterson will likely face multiple charges, including Burglary, Theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and numerous traffic citations. She's in the Adams County Jail, awaiting her first court appearance. 

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