Suspected meth dealer arrested after chase through Monroe County

It took the deployment of spike sticks by Waterloo police to stop a man who fled from Monroe County deputies and led them on a ten mile chase Tuesday evening.

According to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Department statement, Randolph County resident Joseph S. Hatley, 37, had been under investigation “over the past several weeks” for selling crystal methamphetamine in Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties when deputies located him driving a red Dodge Caliber near the intersection of Illinois 159 and Illinois 156 in Hecker shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies attemped to make contact with Hatley but he refused to stop and fled west on Illinois 156. During the chase, Hatley, who police say was driving recklessly, allegedly tossed a white powdery substance out the window of his car. Deputies radioed ahead to Waterloo police, who deployed spike sticks on the highway.

According to the statement, Hatley’s vehicle struck the spike sticks, causing his tires to deflate. He pulled the car into a gas station parking lot and surrendered. Deputies found more meth and a large amount of cash in the car.