ARCOLA — A Rockford couple wanted for armed robbery was arrested in Douglas County after leading police on a high-speed chase that lasted about an hour, included officers from eight law enforcement agencies and involved a crash into a patrol car.

Robert P. Taylor, 41, and Lindsay M. Whittington, 29, fled from a traffic stop in LeRoy in a minivan with stolen license plates Wednesday night.

At about 11 p.m. a Douglas County deputy saw a vehicle speed through a red light on U.S. 36 near Interstate 57, in Tuscola. The deputy tried to stop it, but the driver instead doused its headlights and drove into the oncoming lane, said a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy ended the pursuit for safety reasons. The vehicle was then seen by Villa Grove police speeding through the town at a high rate of speed. When the vehicle reached speeds exceeding 100 mph that pursuit was also terminated.

After crossing two lanes of traffic and crashing into a Douglas County patrol vehicle, the minivan crashed into a ditch at about 12:49 a.m. Thursday on Douglas County Road 570 East, just south of Illinois 133, about three miles west of Arcola.

Taylor and Whittington fled the crash scene on foot, but were apprehended and taken into custody.

Police discovered that both suspects had arrest warrants in Winnebago County for armed robbery with a handgun. The warrants set Taylor’s bond at $250,000, Whittington’s at $100,000.

Taylor and Whittington were both booked into the Douglas County Jail on charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated battery, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.|421-6985