A Tower Hill resident has been sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer. 31 year old Cody D. Nees of Tower Hill was sentenced on Friday. Aggravated fleeing is a Class 4 Felony with an extended sentencing range of 1-6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The incident occurred on December 15th, 2019. Shelbyville Police Officer Joe Houk, observed a motor vehicle that had been involved in a pursuit with the Pana Police Department the previous evening. After attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver fled from Walmart in Shelbyville towards Tower Hill before returning to Shelbyville at speeds exceeding 100 mph at some points. During the pursuit, the vehicle drove through a wire gate south of IHI Turbo in Shelbyville causing damage. Officers terminated the investigation, returned to Walmart, and identified the driver. After reviewing surveillance footage, Shelbyville Police identified the driver.
Nees has five prior misdemeanor convictions and two prior felony convictions spanning from 2008-2019 in Shelby and Fayette Counties. He had not been previously sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections.