Crime

South Roxana police looking for man who led them on high-speed chase

Terry Smith led police on a high-speed chase after being found with suspected marijuana in his car in July.
Terry Smith led police on a high-speed chase after being found with suspected marijuana in his car in July. Provided.

South Roxana police are looking for a man who led them on a high-speed pursuit after catching him rolling a joint in July.

According to a press released issued on Friday, in the early afternoon on July 22, a South Roxana officer on patrol saw what he thought was a sleeping driver, Terry Smith, parked on the side of the road at Illinois 111 and New Poag Road.

Smith’s head was slumped forward, but as the officer got closer to the car, he realized the driver was awake and rolling a “marijuana cigarette” with “what is believed to be a bag of cannabis on the suspect’s lap.”

The officer knocked on the window.

Startled, Smith took off down the road.

The officer radioed the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio network. Spike strips were laid out to trap Smith, but he managed to drive around them.

Police finally arrested Smith near his home in Cottage Hills “without incident,” and they recovered the bag of suspected cannabis. Police wrote Smith several traffic citations and released him “pending formal review the States Attorney’s Office.”

The State’s Attorney issued a warrant arrest for arrest “aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer” accompanied by a bond at $25,000. He is still not in custody.

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