Driver arrested after slow-speed chase

Local News

MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A Decatur man was arrested for DUI, aggravated DUI, felony driving with a revoked license and various other traffic offenses after being released from the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Authorities came into contact with the 27-year old about noon, Tuesday, on Route 121, near Park Road. A deputy stopped and made contact with the man who appeared to be a stranded motorist.

The driver made odd statements and claimed to have someone in the trunk of his vehicle. No one was found to be anywhere else in the car. The driver then told the deputy he had to leave and drove away.

The deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver refused to pull over. During an extended “chase” the driver traveled at or under the speed limit going through Warrensburg and Decatur.

Because of the reduced speed of the incident, authorities were able to speak to the driver on several occasions.

The man said he was armed and wanted to hurt himself or force officers to shoot him before he would be taken into custody. The driver threw a knife from the vehicle which was recovered by officers.

Authorities tried to deploy spike strips to stop the car, but the man then drove through yards. Just before 2 pm, spike strips were successfully deployed and the vehicle came to a stop at the corner of East Wood and South Jasper.

The driver got out of the car, but refused to comply with officers’ instructions and was tazed before being taken into custody.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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