When a police officer showed up to a single-car crash on I-55, the man and woman involved fled, leading to a police chase on foot Monday night.
The Illinois State Police officer arrived on the scene in East St. Louis for the one vehicle accident at around 10:45 p.m., ISP spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said.
As he pulled up, the 33-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were trying to push the car off the roadway and looking back at the cop. When the officer opened the door to his car, they took off running, Dye said.
The officer pursued and caught the man fairly quickly and took him into custody, Dye said. He chased the woman for a little longer and when he finally caught up to her and tried to handcuff her, she became aggressive toward the officer.
“She was very combative when he tried to cuff her. She was cursing at him and he could smell alcohol on her breath,” Dye said. “Just really irate behavior.”
At one point, Dye said, the woman turned around and punched the officer in the chest. At that point, he verbally warned her that he was going to use his stun gun on her. When she continued to aggressively resist arrest, he stunned her, at which point she stopped resisting and was taken into custody.
She refused medical treatment at the scene and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest, Dye said. The man went to a hospital for minor injuries sustained during the crash. They both had Greenville addresses listed on their licenses.
“We’re just glad the officer wasn’t hurt and they weren’t hurt,” Dye said. “He did a really great job handling the situation.”