Officers Injured During Ottawa Chase, Subdue Subject After Confrontation

William Charles Edick 6/29/18 – Photo LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office

OTTAWA – Ottawa police arrested a man after a high speed chase that caused minor injuries to officers and a confrontation where the suspect attempted to take an officers weapon. According to the Ottawa police department, 39-year-old William Charles Edick Jr was in a vehicle in the 100 block of Superior Street Thursday night when officers identified him as someone who may have had an outstanding warrant. Edick allegedly fled the scene, reportedly dragging the officer a short distance and striking the officers car and a building. A pursuit began throughout Ottawa and ending on Route 71 near Interstate 80 where the vehicle stopped and Edick fled on foot. Edick was located inside a tent selling fireworks where he allegedly displayed what appeared to be a handgun and after pointing it at officers and himself eventually dropped it. A struggle then ensued where he reportedly attempted to disarm an Ottawa Police Officer before a taser was used to assist in subduing him. It was determined the handgun shown was a pellet gun. Minor injuries to officers were reported and Edick was taken to the LaSalle County Jail. He was charged with multiple counts of assault and attempting to disarm a police officer. His bond has yet to be set.


William Charles Edick was charged with the following offenses

  • Three counts of Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer
  • Two counts of Aggravated Assault
  • One count of Criminal Damage to Property
  • One count of Attempting to Disarm a Peace Officer
  • One count Resisting a Peace Officer
  • One count Obstructing a Peace Officer
  • One count Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property
  • Two counts Fugitive From Justice
  • Eight various traffic violations