PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria police arrested a man on multiple charges Thursday Morning.

According to a Peoria Police Department press release, officers initially responded to Big Al’s at 2:05 a.m. to a report of a man, later identified as 38-year-old Willie Dawson, threatening to return to the business with a firearm.

Dawson’s vehicle was located, and he fled police at a high rate of speed when officers attempted to stop his vehicle.

After repeatedly fleeing police, his vehicle eventually stopped near Arrow and Robinhood Drives, where Dawson attempted to flee on foot, but was taken into custody after a short pursuit.

After a search of the vehicle, officers located a handgun and several spent shell casings.

Dawson was arrested for:

  • Possession of a weapon by a felon
  • Unlawful use of weapons
  • No FOID
  • Aggravated fleeing/eluding
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving with a revoked license
  • Resisting/obstructing
  • Hit & run
  • Operating a vehicle with no insurance
  • Multiple McLean County Warrants

Dawson was transported to the Peoria County Jail.

Anyone with addition information is encouraged to contact Peoria police at (309) 673-4521, tip411 (anonymously), or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at (309) 673-9000.