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FORSYTH — A high-speed chase on U.S. 51 ended in the arrest of a 61-year-old man after he crashed into another vehicle Tuesday afternoon, according to the Macon County Sheriff's Office. 

A signed affidavit said a deputy was called to Von Maur, 1350 Hickory Point Mall, at about 4:14 p.m. to investigate a theft. Loss prevention officers approached the man, who was hiding jeans in a pair of tennis shoes in a Bergner's bag, and he threw the clothes on the floor and ran toward his vehicle, the affidavit said. 

Decatur Park Police told the sheriff's office that an officer was pursuing the man's four-door sedan as it fled southbound on U.S. 51 at 80 mph, the affidavit said.

The man's vehicle collided with another vehicle in the intersection of U.S. 51 and West Ash Avenue, the affidavit said. The man fled the crash scene on foot before being apprehended by park police in the parking lot of 1st MidAmerica Credit Union, 202 East Ash.

The man faces preliminary charges of burglary and aggravated fleeing, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He was not held in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday, according to jail records. 

The man is due to be arraigned in court on July 13. 


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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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