Shots fired at police during two-county chase, standoff

Nathan C. Johnson
Nathan C. Johnson Illinois State Police

A Centralia man is accused of fleeing from and shooting at police during a high-speed chase on Tuesday that involved police from four counties.

Nathan C Johnson, 41, was arrested after a police chase and standoff, according to a Centralia police press release.

At about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, officers in DuQuoin said they were investigating a reckless driving complaint when they were shot at multiple times from a car. Officers fired back and the driver drove away, still shooting at police.

At about 1:31 a.m., Centralia and Wamac Police spotted Johnson driving northbound on Route 51 near Irvington and began to pursue him, according to police.

Johnson turned into his driveway on Irvington Road and stopped, firing at officers and hitting a Centralia police car, police said.

Illinois State Police, Central City police and officers from Washington, Jefferson, Clinton and Marion Counties responded to the pursuit and standoff.

Police said they contacted Johnson by phone and, after a lengthy conversation, Johnson surrendered.

Illinois State Police were investigating the chase and shooting.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6