Lee County Sheriff’s office announces arrests

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LEE COUNTY — The Lee County Sheriff’s office announces arrests that have taken place around the county.

On Jan. 14, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29-year-old Landyn Montross of Dixon. Montross was traveling east on Illinois Route 2 near Sink Hollow Road at 95 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. After further investigation, deputies suspected impairment. Following field sobriety testing, Montross was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Montross is charged with DUI (a Class A Misdemeanor) and Speeding - 35 mph or more above the posted speed limit (a Class A Misdemeanor). He was taken to the Lee County Jail, processed and released with a court date.  

Possession of meth

On Jan. 19, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 41-year-old Jason J. Witmer of Dixon after conducting a traffic stop for a moving violation at the intersection of Pump Factory Road and Bloody Gulch Road. Witmer has been issued traffic citations for: Disregarding a Stop Sign, No Proof of Insurance, and Driving While License is Suspended.  Witmer is also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine (less than five grams), which is a Class 3 Felony.  

Witmer was taken to the Lee County Jail and processed on the charges. He is being held pending a bond hearing.    

Franklin Grove

On Jan. 14, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies received a report of a reckless driver, who drove through a yard in the Village of Franklin Grove.  The vehicle was last seen westbound on Old Mill Road.  

Approximately 20 minutes later, the vehicle was once again seen in the Village of Franklin Grove. This time the vehicle struck a stop sign and fire hydrant at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Spring Street. After further investigation, Lee County Deputies arrested 28-year-old Benjamin Y. Breneman, of Franklin Grove. Breneman was transported to KSB Hospital where he was released and taken to the Lee County Jail.  

Breneman is charged with Aggravated DUI (a Class 4 Felony), DUI (a Class A Misdemeanor), Driving While License Revoked (a Class A Misdemeanor), Improper Traffic Lane Usage (a Petty Offense), and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle (a Petty Offense). Breneman remained in the custody of the Lee County Sheriff Correction Deputies pending a bond hearing. 

Citizens are reminded to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 815-284-6631 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Caught-U.  Callers can remain anonymous and receive rewards of up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information regarding the sale or use of drugs to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 815-284-6631 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Caught-U.  Callers can remain anonymous and receive rewards of up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

All charges are merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.