DECATUR — A patient patrol officer eventually caught and arrested a Decatur driver who tried to flee from him Saturday afternoon, police said.
Sgt. Josh Sheets said the pursuit began at 3:46 p.m. when the officer monitoring traffic in the 700 block of East Condit Street noticed the suspect vehicle was driving with windows tinted too dark. The car then drove the wrong way around a traffic island and the officer set off in pursuit.
Sheets said the vehicle pulled to the curb like it was going to yield before taking off. The officer quickly broke off the chase for safety concerns but soon found the vehicle pulled over at the intersection of East Hickory and North Charles streets. The driver’s side rear door was standing open and, believing it abandoned, the officer got out of his squad only to see the vehicle drive off again.
“Now he finds the vehicle stopped at the red light at East Grand Avenue and North Jasper Street, caught in traffic and unable to flee,” said Sheets. “The driver was then secured and taken into custody without any other incident.”
The 18-year-old driver was jailed on preliminary charges of fleeing and eluding an officer and various traffic offenses, including having front windows tinted too dark. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the State’s Attorney.