---- — Jefferson County deputies were involved in a high-speed chase Wednesday morning with a group of car thieves described as “pros” by one deputy.
The high speed pursuit began in Jefferson County around 9:30 a.m. after local officials received a dispatch from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department to be on the lookout for the alleged car thieves, who apparently stole at least five vehicles in Indiana.
Two Jefferson County deputies began their pursuit in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64, at mile marker 80, a Mt. Vernon exit. Local officials were concentrating their efforts on a late-model black Ford Fusion, deputies reported. The occupant of the vehicle failed to stop, and continued toward Interstate 57.
With speeds reaching in excess of 100 mph, the deputies were joined by the Ina Police Department in the southbound lanes of Interstate 57 at mile marker 83. Both departments ended their pursuit at mile marker 81, near the Franklin County line.
“I was behind them for all of 49 seconds,” said Deputy Bobby Wallace.
According to preliminary information, two of the five stolen vehicles were recovered in Marion by Illinois State Police.
Two men were arrested after one of the vehicles crashed near the VA Medical Center, police report.
Police were not releasing the names of the men. Details of the accident were not immediately available.
The car had been reported stolen from Mt. Vernon, Ind., and authorities are working with Indiana law enforcement officials on pending charges against the men, who are being held at the Williamson County Jail awaiting bond settings.