Mt. Vernon Register-News


June 13, 2014

Vehicle theft suspect captured

MT. VERNON — — A suspect who led authorities on a high-speed chase after stealing a vehicle in Jefferson County on Friday afternoon has been captured.

Centralia Fire Department officials captured the man at a residence on East Baseline Road near North Gilead Church Lane, about 4:30 p.m.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Centralia Police Department, Illinois State Police and the K-9 unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department were involved in a search of the suspect after he fled the burning vehicle.

Police say the suspect stole the vehicle in the Bonnie area, traveled to Mt. Vernon and was involved in a pursuit which escalated on Interstate 57 with speeds reaching in excess of 100 mph.

The chase terminated when the stolen vehicle caught on fire in a field east of Illinois Highway 51 near the county line. The suspect fled the vehicle and then allegedly burglarized a home on North Gilead Church Lane.



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