Woodford County deputy out of the hospital after squad car hit head-on

Desirea Herrera and Xzavier Thomas
Desirea Herrera and Xzavier Thomas(Woodford County Sheriff / Woodford County Jail / 25 News)
Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 10:14 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2022 at 11:34 AM CST
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WOODFORD COUNTY (25 News Now) - 2 people were booked on various charges after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop and driving head-on into a Woodford County squad car.

Woodford County Chief Deputy Dennis Tipsword says the driver of the vehicle, Desirea Herrera, of Lake Villa, was booked into the county jail on preliminary charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm to a police officer, aggravated DUI, aggravated fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving without a license, reckless driving, resisting a police officer and speeding 30-39 miles per hour over the limit.

Herrera was allegedly driving a car that had fled from a traffic stop in Eureka just before midnight Sunday - wanted for several traffic offenses including hitting a parked vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Tipsword says the vehicle then fled east out of Eureka on several county roads. The deputy continued the pursuit due to the time of night and the very light traffic on the back roads.

Spike strips were deployed by other county deputies and El Paso Police to no avail.

Tipsword says Herrera turned north onto State Route 251 and headed toward El Paso where she turned into a parking lot and law enforcement converged.

Tipsword says Herrera made a U-turn in the parking lot and hit the deputy’s squad car, deploying the airbags.

Herrera’s passenger, Xzavier Thomas, of Peoria, was booked on a preliminary charge of resisting a peace officer and is being held on a Peoria County warrant.

The Woodford County deputy was treated and released from an area hospital.