Man in Custody After Police Chase Crosses Stateline

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After a chase involving several officers, 23-year-old Michael Deckard is in jail Wednesday night, where he'll soon face charges in two states.

It started at the 6300 block of John Street in Loves Park. Winnebago County sheriff deputies suspected Deckard was driving under the influence.

The Sheriff's Department says a confrontation ensued, with Deckard biting the officer, slamming a door in his face and then speeding off.

The suspect then led sheriff's deputies north on Highway 251, east on Highway 173 and then north on Highway 76 into Rock County.

Deckard eventually crashed into a light pole in Beloit and was arrested after a brief foot chase. Authorities say the officer bitten and hit with a car door was not seriously hurt.

Area deputies say long police chases usually happen only a few times each year.