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DECATUR – A group of motorcyclists prevented a driver from fleeing the scene of an accident Saturday night that left one of the riders with broken bones, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, a 46-year-old male Danville resident was traveling eastbound in a 2000 Cadillac passenger car when he tried to merge into a group of eastbound motorcycles at the entrance to a construction zone along Interstate 72 near mile marker 148. The accident was reported at 7:15 p.m.

While merging the Cadillac struck the rear tire of one of the motorcycles causing the rider to crash, the release said. Once the driver of the Cadillac stopped his vehicle, other motorcyclists in the group approached the driver and indicated to authorities they could tell the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages and felt he was under the influence. 

When the driver of the Cadillac got back into his car and was attempting to leave the scene, the other motorcyclists were able to get the keys away from the driver to prevent him from leaving prior to the arrival of deputies.

The release said the driver of the Cadillac was subsequently arrested for aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence, felony driving with a revoked driver’s license and several other traffic violations.  He was booked into the Macon County Jail where he will remain awaiting setting of bond by a judge today.

The injured driver of the motorcycle, a 76-year-old Champaign resident, was transported to Decatur Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for some broken bones. The injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening.

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