Rockford teen who was ‘smoking a fat blunt’ arrested after early morning high-speed chase

Austin B. Marley
Austin B. Marley

Online Staff Report

A Rockford teen who led police on an early morning high-speed chase because he was reportedly “smoking a fat blunt” has been arrested.

Austin B. Marley, 18, of Rockford has been charged with aggravated fleeing to elude police, driving under the influence of drugs, driving with a suspended license, speeding, disobeying traffic control devices, improper lane use, disobeying a stop sign and operating a vehicle without headlights when required.

Marley was first spotted by police in his white 2008 Chevy Malibu disobeying a traffic light around 1:30 a.m., Dec. 4, at Forest Hills Road and Riverside Boulevard. An officer attempted to stop Marley’s vehicle, but Marley accelerated to speeds of more than 100 mph. The officer then aborted the attempted traffic stop.

Shortly thereafter, another officer spotted the car at Sage and Riverside. The officer did not pursue the vehicle, but was able to obtain the license plate number on the vehicle. That officer allegedly witnessed Marley disobey two stop signs.

Officers traced the vehicle’s registered owner to a home in the 900 block of North Rockton Avenue in Rockford, and waited. The vehicle arrived at the residence around 2:30 a.m., and Marley was taken into custody.

Marley faces a sentence of up to three years for the aggravated fleeing of police charge, a Class 4 felony. The owner of the vehicle could also face fines. The vehicle was impounded, which could amount to $500 in administrative fees owed to Loves Park and as much as $1,000 for the towing and impounding of the vehicle.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

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