Crime

Belleville police catch car after high-speed chase

A man in a Ford ZX2 is interviewed by police after a short high-speed chase Monday in downtown Belleville.
A man in a Ford ZX2 is interviewed by police after a short high-speed chase Monday in downtown Belleville.

Belleville police on Monday quickly ran down a car that fled from an officer at high speeds through downtown streets.

At about 11 a.m. the driver of a Ford ZX2 appeared to bump the rear end of a black Toyota at the intersection of Washington and South Illinois streets. When the female driver of the Toyota emerged from her car to confront the driver of the ZX2, he maneuvered from the left-turn lane through the center lane and to the right-turn lane around the Toyota. The motor of the car gunned audibly as the driver turned, southbound, onto South Illinois Street.

An officer who was two cars behind the accident turned on his lights and pursued the Ford driver who sped south down the center lane of South Illinois Street before turning right and then looping around on West Harrison Street.

There, several officers who joined the pursuit surrounded the suspect vehicle and a man in the passenger seat could be heard telling police that he didn’t know the driver of the car well and didn’t know his name.

An officer told the suspect that he didn’t buy the story and that the passenger was obstructing a police investigation, which is a felony.

“I don’t hang out with him every night,” one officer said, gesturing to another at the scene. “But I know his name.”

While the suspect was questioned, another officer pulled what appeared to be a video gaming system from the back of the Ford and placed it on the trunk.

It was not immediately known whether the suspects were taken into custody or charged.

The driver of the Toyota, who did not give her name, said that she was uninjured in the accident, and her car appeared to be undamaged.

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