Suspects flee into cornfield following police chase, search continues


MADISON COUNTY, Ill. – A police chase ended in Madison County, Illinois early Wednesday morning, but law enforcement personnel are still searching for the suspects.

The chase started in Greene County. Officers tried to pull over a car for speeding on State Route 267 in Greenfield at around 2:30 am. The driver sped off and went southbound.

The driver was able to maneuver around stop strips placed by the Brighton Police Department. Then the car nearly collided with an Illinois State Trooper involved in the chase.

Officers were informed that the suspect may be armed and dangerous. There was a recent shooting in Jacksonville, Illinois.

The police chase continued onto southbound I-255 after it reached Madison County. The driver went around the first set of stop strips but hit the second set placed on I-255 near the State Route 162 exit. The driver and passengers then ran into a cornfield at Highway 162 near 255.

Law enforcement personnel are searching for the suspects. An airplane was also assisting in the search.

Investigators found a semi-automatic rifle, shell casings, and ammunition in the suspect’s vehicle. Several handguns were also found near where the suspects were running.

The identities of the suspects are now known to law enforcement agencies Warrants will be sought for their arrests in the near future.

FOX 2’s Nissan Rogue Runner reporter Jason Maxwell is at the scene.

FOX 2 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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