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Ware faces charges
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A Rock Island man who led officers on a high-speed chase with his headlights off in the dead of night has been bound to the grand jury.The suspect, Fred Wayne Ware Jr., 43, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on charges of possession of marijuana, reckless driving and evading arrest.He faces the charges for a run from the law that began on Sparta Highway.According to Warren County sheriff’s deputy Steve McMillan, he and another officer were parked at the Shell Station on Sparta Highway when Ware came speeding by.“We clocked a vehicle passing a tractor trailer at 89 mph in a 55-mph zone,” McMillan said in his warrant against Ware. “We pulled out and turned on our blue lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle as it turned onto Highway 30.”The attempt to give lawmen the slip turned more dangerous when Ware tried to do it in near pitch darkness on two-lane Spencer Highway (Highway 30). It was around 3 a.m. when the chase began.“He turned off the lights on his vehicle to avoid detection,” McMillan said, noting the fugitive continued until he reached his house on Elmwood Drive.“The vehicle was left with the driver door open and he ran into the residence,” McMillan said.