Engholm Takes Plea for Fleeing from Police with Tyler Westefer

Samantha Engholm

Samantha Engholm plead guilty to Aggravated Fleeing 21 MPH Over Speed Limit (Class 4 Felony) for the high-speed chase that happened on November 9, 2022, and went through Henry and Stark Counties and finally ended out by Black Hawk College.  Engholm plead guilty on Count 1 for Aggravated Fleeing on January 25, 2023, and the remaining counts were dismissed by the State.  Engholm got 24 months Conditional Discharge, 180 days in Henry County Jail – 150 days are stayed and 30 days with day-for-day credit, credit for time served and fines and assessments.  Engholm served the 15 days needed of the 30 days from the day she was arrested and book into jail to the day she was released after posting bond.

Around 11 AM on November 9th, officers observed a female in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and a male subject matching Westefer’s description putting items into the vehicle.  Officers followed the vehicle as it left the residence when the vehicle began to drive at a high rate of speed away from police.  Officers activated the squad car lights and sirens to attempt a traffic stop but the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed through Kewanee and Henry and Stark Counties.  The vehicle reached speeds of over 100 MPH multiple times, disobeyed traffic control devices and traveled through parking lots in an attempt to elude law enforcement.  The vehicle stopped near Highway 78 and 100 North, near Black Hawk College East Campus, when Tyler Westefer fled on foot from the vehicle.  Westefer was apprehended soon after running from the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle, Samantha Engholm, 21, of Toulon was arrested without incident.

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