On Saturday, around 9:30 p.m., a Deputy with the Rock County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop near Henry/Park Avenues in the City of Beloit. The registered owner, 26-year-old Amanda K. McKinney, of Beloit, showed an active felony probation warrant.
As the Deputy exited his squad and approached the vehicle, the driver put the car in gear and drove away eastbound on Henry Avenue. The Deputy gave pursuit for about a half mile, when it was reported the car had stopped on Mound Avenue, where the driver and a male passenger fled on foot.
The Deputy made contact with another adult male in the car who chose to stay with the vehicle as the driver's 4 and 5 year old boys were in the car. Officers from the Town of Beloit Police Department assisted Sheriff's Deputies in setting up a perimeter of the area and began tracking two sets of footprints in the snow.
After following the footprints in the snow, Deputies eventually located the driver, McKinney, in the 1900 block of Church Street, took her into custody and transported her to the Rock County Jail. The male passenger who fled was not immediately identified but further investigation is pending with him. No detail on whether he was also apprehended.
McKinney was booked at the Rock County Jail on the felony probation warrant along with a felony charge of fleeing and possession of drug paraphernalia. McKinney was also cited for operating a motor vehicle after revocation, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. McKinney was held pending an initial court appearance.
McKinney's children were subsequently turned over to their grandfather and Rock County Child Protective Services is investigating. The male who stayed in the vehicle with the children was not charged in this incident.