Traffic stop in Decatur leads to DUI arrest

Traffic stop in Decatur leads to DUI arrest. (MGN Online photo)

Macon County Sheriff's Department deputies were traveling on Rt. 121 near Park Road at noon, Aug. 8, when officials located what appeared to be a stranded motorist in a Dodge 4-door passenger car.

The deputy stopped at the vehicle and made contact with the driver, a 27-year-old Decatur man.

While speaking with the driver, police said he was making odd statements and claimed he had someone in the trunk of his car.

When the deputy checked the trunk, there was not anyone in the trunk nor in any other part of the vehicle.

After speaking with the deputy, the driver indicated he had to leave and drove away from the scene.

The deputy then returned to his squad car and tried to initiate a traffic stop with the driver; however, he refused to stop the vehicle and continued driving northbound on Rt. 121, into Warrensburg, traveling at or under the speed limit.

Deputies pursued the vehicle, when it left Warrensburg and traveled into Decatur. Members of the Decatur Street Crimes Division also began pursuing the suspect.

The vehicle traveled through Decatur at speeds at or below the speed limit and deputies were able to speak with the driver several times during the pursuit.

The driver made indications that he was armed and willing to inflict harm upon himself or force officers to shoot him before being arrested.

The driver threw a knife out of the vehicle that was recovered by officers.

Officials attempted to deploy spike strips on the vehicle, but the suspect drove off the road through yards to avoid the strips.

Officers with the Decatur Police Department sucessfully deployed spike strips at 1:55 p.m. in the 600 block of East Wood Street.

The suspect continued to drive until coming to a stop in the parking lot at the corner of E. Wood and S. Jasper Street in Decatur.

The driver exited the vehicle and refused to comploy with deputies, before being tazed and taken into custody.

The suspect was taken to a Decatur hospital for a medical and mental health evaluation due to his behavior.

The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, felony driving with a revoked license and various other traffic offenses.

No injuries occurred during the incident.

Assisting with the investigation were members of the Decatur Police Department, Decatur Park Police and Illinois Conservative Police.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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