Saturday, January 10, 2009
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Car chase ends in Lincoln with arrest

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[January 10, 2009]  Lincoln police arrested Suvade Lindsey, 71, of Starksville, Miss., after a vehicle chase through town early Friday.

RestaurantShortly after midnight, Lincoln police were notified of a dispatch from the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network regarding a police chase being terminated near Elkhart. The chase originated in Sangamon County and involved officers from Sherman and Williamsville police departments. It is unclear what precipitated the original traffic stop.

The vehicle description and registration information was provided, and a Lincoln police officer spotted the vehicle entering the Lincoln city limits via Old Route 66 (Lincoln Parkway) near Broadwell Drive. Police kept the vehicle in sight from a distance as it passed through Lincoln. Traveling erratically, the vehicle entered the east parking lot of Carroll Catholic School, where it struck a tree and a sign. The impact deflated a tire on the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver continued, driving on one rim.

Lincoln police attempted to stop the vehicle, and the driver attempted to elude the officers. The vehicle struck a marked squad car that was stopped on Decatur Street facing east near the intersection with Chicago Street. Police pursued the vehicle north on North Logan Street, where the driver failed to negotiate a curve at the north end, at Lincoln Parkway. The vehicle became stuck in a ditch and was unable to continue.

Lindsey was arrested and transported to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital after complaining of back pain. He was treated and released, then transported to the Logan County Jail, where he was issued several citations for speeding, disobeying traffic control devices, and aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer.

No officers were injured during the incident. Lincoln police are continuing to investigate the incident.

[Text from file received from Chief Stuart Erlenbush, Lincoln Police Department]




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