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By Carmen Ensinger
Greene County police officers were involved in yet another high-speed chase last week that resulted in one arrest and damage to two police vehicles.
The incident started around 1 a.m. when an officer from the Roodhouse Police Department observed a red Dodge SUV parked in the middle of the road on U.S. Highway 67 near Cloverleaf Feeds.
“When the officer activated emergency lights, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed,” Roodhouse Police Chief Kyle Robison said. “The officer ultimately attempted to stop the suspect, however, the suspect continued at a high rate of speed.”
Members of the Roodhouse and White Hall police departments joined in the pursuit as did the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. The pursuit led officers through areas of Roodhouse, rural areas of Greene County, Scott County, Interstate 72 Eastbound and ultimately back on U.S. Highway 67 South. The suspect led officers on multiple types of terrain ranging from pavement to cornfields.
“During the pursuit, the suspect was operating the vehicle at speeds over 100 miles-per-hour, and at times, with no headlights on,” Robison said. “The suspect struck several orange cones on the interstate, side swiped a Carrollton Police officer’s patrol vehicle causing damage and nearly hit a Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy head on. Minor damage was sustained to a White Hall Police vehicle during an effort to stop the suspect vehicle as well.”
The pursuit ended when the suspect exited from U.S. 67 at Alsey-Manchester Road where he struck a private citizen’s vehicle.
David G. Moore, 49, was taken into custody immediately by officers. Boyd EMS, Winchester EMS and the Roodhouse Fire Protection District were summoned to the scene to render aid. The private citizen involved refused all medical treatment and was given a ride home from a friend.
“The suspect refused to allow medical treatment at the scene,” Robison said. “However, he was taken to Boyd Hospital by police for examination from hospital staff where no major injuries were reported.”
Illinois State Police District 20 was summoned to the scene to handle the traffic crash report. Thompson Automotive was also summoned to the scene to remove two vehicles from the road.
Moore was lodged in the Greene County Jail and booked on the following charges: Aggravated Fleeing and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Aggravated Reckless Driving and Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer. Other charges may follow upon review by the Greene County State’s Attorney.
“The police, deputy sheriff’s, first responders, fire and EMS are all members of the ordinary public,” Robison said. “We are all blessed as a community to have such great people fulfilling their role to protect and serve.”