Shortly 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]