Services Thursday for Illinois police officer killed in chase

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CHESTER, Ill. (AP) _ Services are planned for a southern Illinois police officer killed during a chase.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the Chester High School gymnasium will be the setting for the Thursday funeral of 22-year-old James Brockmeyer of the Chester Police Department. A visitation Wednesday also will be at the high school. Brockmeyer was a 2012 graduate there.

He died Friday night after his squad car left the roadway and flipped in Randolph County. Brockmeyer joined the police force 10 months ago. He also was a volunteer firefighter for three years.

Brockmeyer was pursuing Jason Michael Stoker after Stoker failed to pull over in a traffic stop.

According to the Randolph County Sheriff, the 34-year-old was apprehended late Tuesday afternoon in the St. Louis, Missouri area. He is facing charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer with the possibility of other charges. Bond had previously been set at $250,000 on October 29.

Stoker will remain in custody in Missouri until extradition proceedings are resolved.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat

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