DECATUR — Police said a Decatur driver who led them on a high-speed chase before forcing his way into a stranger’s apartment was finally apprehended Tuesday afternoon by a police dog.
The man, 22, was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding, criminal trespass and resisting a peace officer. A second 22-year-old man, who police said was with the driver, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass after police said he also forced his way into the apartment. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.
A sworn affidavit from Det. Jonathan Roseman, assigned to the Decatur Police Street Crimes Unit, said the chase began about 4:30 p.m. when police spotted the driver who was wanted on multiple warrants. Roseman said police tried to pull over his sport utility vehicle but the driver took off, reaching speeds well over 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.
In the affidavit, Roseman said the driver, a convicted felon, had “placed innocent motorists’ lives at risk” by running.
Police broke off the pursuit but soon found the vehicle parked outside 3713 Portage Place. Drawn by sounds of commotion coming from one apartment, the officers found a woman who said two strangers had just burst into her home.
One man, the second 22-year-old, gave himself up without incident. But Roseman said the driver fled towards a room where a small child was present before breaking out the apartment through a window.
Detective Chad Larner and his K-9 partner, Leeroy Jenkins, were waiting outside. Roseman said the driver refused shouted commands to give himself up. When Larner saw the man, who has a conviction for robbery with a firearm, reaching into his front pockets, Jenkins was unleashed.
“Leeroy Jenkins made the apprehension, and ended any further resistance,” Roseman added.
The driver was being held Wednesday night in the Macon County Jail without bond. The second man is free after posting $50,000 bond.