High Speed Chase Starts in Livingston County and Ends in Linn County

The Chillicothe Police Department was involved in a high-speed chase Thursday.

According to a press release, at 11:52 pm, an Officer of the Chillicothe Police Department stopped a motorist for excessive speed in the 1000 block of South Washington Street. As the Officer contacted the driver, the driver sped off, nearly striking the Officer.

A Chillicothe Police Officer and Livingston County Sheriff’s Department Deputies pursued the vehicle eastbound on US 36 Highway. The suspect vehicle was traveling, at times, at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour. Due to the minimal traffic on US 36 and good weather conditions, Deputies and the Officer continued to pursue the vehicle into Linn County.

The suspect vehicle’s tires were spiked by the Brookfield Police Department as the pursuit reached Brookfield City limits. The suspect vehicle continued driving eastbound. Linn County Sheriff’s Department Deputies assisted in the pursuit of the suspect vehicle at that time. All 4 tires on the suspect vehicle slowly deflated, causing the driver to slow the vehicle, and eventually coming to a rest roadside as the vehicle was operating on its rims. The vehicle came to a complete stop and the driver, without further incident, placed his hands out the driver’s window and was immediately taken into custody.

The driver, a 38-year-old male from Sarasota, Florida, was arrested for excessive speed, felony driving while revoked, felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, and Driving While Intoxicated. The male was processed at the police department and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

The Chillicothe Police Department would like to thank the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Brookfield Police Department, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance during this incident.

No injuries to officers, citizens, motorists, or property damage occurred from this incident.