2 alleged Taylorville drug dealers arrested after police chase

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The Kincaid Police Department is thanking a local Neighborhood Watch Group for helping to identify suspicious activity.

Police set up surveillance at a location as a result of the group's tip.

When police went to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle sped off. Police drove after the vehicle through Jeiseyville where the passenger then jumped out of the vehicle and ran holding two backpacks.

Kincaid police chased after that suspect until he was arrested in Langleyville by Taylorville police.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested hours later in Jeiseyville with the help of a citizen.

Police arrested the two Taylorville men, Eric Fortner, 34, and Caleb Reber, 35, on December 3.

Fortner was arrested for Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Possession of methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. His bond was set at $300,000.

Reber was arrested for Possession of methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. His bond was set at $200,000.

Kincaid Police recovered approximately 255 grams of methamphetamine worth several thousands of dollars along with drug paraphernalia and several cell phones. The drug charges are class X felonies and If convicted could carry a maximum sentence of 70 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

These subjects operated in Taylorville and were a main source of poisoning our communities in Christian County. Chief Wheeler wants to stress drugs are in every small community. It takes proactive patrol and community engagement to get these dealers off the street.

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