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updated: 7/10/2012 10:03 PM

Car theft suspect arrested in Geneva after manhunt

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An early morning traffic stop turned into a roughly six-hour manhunt Tuesday morning as police searched a Geneva neighborhood for a suspect in a motor vehicle theft.

Geneva police units tried to stop a speeding vehicle about 5:30 a.m. on the 800 block of Peck Road, but the driver left the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse and took off on foot, according to police.

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Authorities later learned the vehicle had been stolen from a residence in Union.

Geneva police were assisted by the Kane County sheriff's office, which brought police dogs; Homeland Security, which provided a search helicopter; and Batavia police in their search.

Authorities located Joshua J. Meador, 24, of Union, in the Mill Creek subdivision at about 11:30 a.m., said Geneva Police Cmdr. Julie Nash.

Meador was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a converted vehicle, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possession of a hypodermic needle, driving without a valid license and speeding, according to police.

Meador is being held at the Geneva Police Department and will appear in court Wednesday morning.

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