St. Charles officer recovering from injuries in police chase

A St. Charles police officer will recover from injuries sustained when a Rochelle woman hit a St. Charles police squad car while speeding down Route 38 in Kane County early Sunday, authorities said.

Anna Loan, 59, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, speeding 90 mph in a 50 mph zone and failure to move for an authorized emergency vehicle, according to a news release from the Kane County sheriff's office.

Elburn police told the sheriff's office about 4:46 a.m. they were pursuing a Dodge Avenger, driven by Loan, that was heading east toward St. Charles, officials said. A sheriff's deputy and a St. Charles police officer turned on their squad cars' emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle on Route 38 near Peck Road.

The sheriff's deputy was following the Dodge, and the St. Charles officer was in front of it. Rather than stopping or slowing down, Loan hit the back of the St. Charles squad car, officials said. Loan and the St. Charles police officer were taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva with injuries that are not life threatening.

Authorities say they have yet to determine why Loan fled from Elburn police. Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler said Loan was uncooperative Sunday night and did not provide officers an explanation about why she tried to outrun police. The sheriff's office is investigating in cooperation with the Elburn Police Department. Once the investigation is complete, the Kane County state's attorney's office will determine any additional charges.

• Daily Herald staff writer James Fuller contributed to this story.

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