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Clinton County sheriff says driver in pursuit and manhunt to face multiple charges

Clinton County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Dan Travous talks about crash and search on Illinois 161, east of New Baden

Two people were injured in a crash on Illinois 161 Thursday afternoon. Police located a person who fled from the crash site.
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Two people were injured in a crash on Illinois 161 Thursday afternoon. Police located a person who fled from the crash site.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the driver involved in a car chase that ended with a wreck in a cornfield on Thursday.

Everist Donald, 34, is from East St. Louis, but he might have been residing in Lebanon, Clinton County Sheriff Doug Maue said Friday.

Donald crashed when he and two other passengers took off down Highway 161 in a red Pontiac Sunfire.

Donald was being held Friday at the Clinton County Jail and was to be charged with “multiple felonies,” Maue said.

Two people were injured when Donald lost control of the vehicle. One passenger was flown to a St. Louis-area hospital, and the other was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Maue did not release their names, and he declined to say whether the passengers would be charged with anything, as deputies were still in the early stages of the investigation.

Clinton County deputies planned to go to the hospitals Friday to interview the passengers.

Maue said a deputy in an unmarked car thought the Sunfire looked out of place when it was parked at a rural residence, so he decided to run the license plates for more information. The deputy saw that the plates didn’t match the vehicle, but before he could turn on his lights, Donald took off down Illinois 161.

Donald tried passing some slow traffic on the left, saw some oncoming cars, and then tried passing the slow cars on the right. The Sunfire flipped into a cornfield.

“We get paid to be nosy,” Maue said.

The Sunfire was taken to a tow yard in New Baden.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel

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