A 28-year-old Collinsville man led Central City Police on a chase to Aviston Thursday morning.
Central City Police Sergeant Nicholas Heath says the van driven by Michael Holmes was finally stopped after stop sticks deployed by Breese officers punctured both front tires. Even after he was driving on just the front rims, the chase continued to Aviston where Holmes slowed down and police were able to box him in.
Holmes was arrested for aggravated fleeing and eluding, driving under the influence of drugs, unlawful use of a weapon for having a pair of knuckles, reckless driving, no insurance, improper lane usage, and speeding 55 miles per hour in a 35-mile zone
The chase began on East Marvin in Central City. Three people allegedly jumped in a van after Heath approached in his squad car as they were fighting in the backyard of a home. The vehicle first came at Heath nearly head-on and eventually went across a yard to get past him. As Heath followed them north on U.S. 51 into Sandoval he reported a scale and numerous items of drug paraphernalia were being tossed from the car. On several occasions, Holmes crossed the centerline and forced traffic onto the shoulder during the chase.
Holmes was taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment after he burned his foot after accidentally placing it against the extremely hot rim of the tire while being taken into custody. He was moved to the Marion County Jail following treatment.
There were two passengers in the vehicle. 26-year-old Blake Shaffron of Perkins Street in Odin was wanted by Centralia Police in connection with an unrelated violation of an order of protection. The second person was not arrested.
Marion and Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Carlyle Police all joined the pursuit.