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QUINCY - A Quincy man has now racked up his 21st felony conviction after pleading guilty in an April 2018 police chase.

Santiago Vasquez, 44, pleaded guilty to attempting to elude stemming from an April 15, 2018 arrest. A charge of bail jumping was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Vasquez has 20 previous felony convictions dating back to 1994, including theft, eluding, possession of meth and cocaine, riot while armed and multiple counts of burglary and assault.

A judge sentence Vasquez to two years in prison for the 2018 chase.

Grant County deputies were attempting to locate Vasquez and Quincy police were advised he may be headed toward Quincy in a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, according to court records.

Quincy police located the vehicle traveling west on F Street Southeast. Police say Vasquez sped off as the officer attempted a traffic stop. Vasquez continued through residential streets “with disregard to public safety and several traffic stop signs,” according to Quincy police.

Vasquez continued south on state Route 281 as more than 100 mph before turning onto Road 7 Northwest and continuing for several miles at speeds of about 110 mph. 

Quincy police called off the pursuit but were then flagged down by a bystander who said the car had crashed into a canal near Road V Northwest. Vasquez had abandoned the car and ran into a nearby orchard where he was taken into custody.

Vasquez was also sentenced in January to more than seven years in prison after being convicted of attempting to elude, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a controlled substance in a September 2018 arrest in Douglas County. Vasquez fled from deputies through Rock Island before fleeing on foot. He was found in possession of cocaine, mean and a pistol during his arrest.

Vasquez’s seven-year sentence in Douglas County and two-year sentence in Grant County are being served consecutively, sending him to prison for more than nine years

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