ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A local employee is now back to work after police say a man attempted to rob him at gun point at the end of his shift. That's where police say the chaos began.
It started just after 11pm Saturday night in the Texas Roadhouse parking lot near the Walmart on East State Street. Investigators tell us the suspect came up to the employee and demanded the man's wallet. We're told the worker ended up running back into the restaurant causing the suspect to also leave the area. He didn't get to far…at least not yet.
Officers tell us moments later they spotted the suspect in a nearby handicapped parking stall when they approached him. Police say he took off and ended up crashing into the back of Cherry Valley Police Officer Paul Seitz unmarked squad car in the Walmart parking lot. The suspect then hit another vehicle before leading officers on a high-speed chase. Officer Seitz says he's thankful he wasn't hurt.
“My car was still rolling, so I knew that I was ok and I didn't feel any pain,” Officer Seitz said. “It's an adrenaline dump. Your voice goes up a couple octaves and at that point you're not... I can't really explain what I was thinking. It's just like I said, your training kicks in and you just do your job to try to apprehend the suspect."
No one was injured; however the suspect is still out there. Investigators are now following up with leads.