Escaped Walworth County inmate arrested in Spring Grove

SPRING GROVE – A Wauconda man wanted on an escaped inmate warrant was arrested Friday night in Spring Grove, police said.

Tomas Martinez-Contreras, 38, of 440 Willow Road, Wauconda, was wanted on a Walworth County Sheriff's Office warrant after he did not return from work release, the sheriff's office said.

Following a traffic stop at Wilmot and Sunset roads in Spring Grove, Martinez-Contreras was arrested by Spring Grove police on the warrant and also charged with obstructing justice, driving with a revoked license, and operating an uninsured vehicle, according to a Spring Grove news release.

Spring Grove police had stopped a Chevrolet pickup after the license plate came back registered to Ford pickup, Police Chief Tom Sanders said. The driver couldn't produce a driver's license or proof of insurance.

A name given to officers didn't bring back any hits, Sanders said, and after 45 minutes of back-and-forth, the driver admitted that he was wanted.

"He realized that his story wasn't working out, and he didn't want to make things worse," Sanders said.

He didn't give any details on where he was headed and neither did his passenger, Sanders said.

Martinez-Contreras is being held at McHenry County Jail on local charges and pending extradition to Walworth County.

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