One Man Arrested After Car Chase Extends From Washington Co. to Jefferson Co.

One Man Arrested After Car Chase Extends From Washington Co. to Jefferson Co.

WAMAC — One person was arrested after leading multiple police agencies on a car chase Tuesday afternoon.

Wamac Police Chief Steve Prather says 23-year-old Zachary Higgins went to a home being surveilled by police for suspicious activity Tuesday. When Higgins left the home, Wamac Police followed the vehicle and discovered it had expired plates, leading police to try to initiate a traffic stop. Higgins would not stop and the chase ensued. Centralia Police joined the chase to assist Wamac.

After starting in Washington County, the chase continued across the county line into Jefferson County where county sheriff deputies assisted in the chase. After driving on Richview Rd. towards Mt. Vernon, Higgins turned onto N. Woodlawn Lane where the chase continued. Higgins attempted to turn into a field from Woodlawn Lane where his vehicle got stuck. Police apprehended him when his vehicle was stopped.

Higgins was arrested for driving while license suspended, speeding 110 mph in a 55, reckless driving, aggravated fleeing and eluding, failing to stop at a stop sign, and false registration. Upon further investigation, Prather says it was discovered the gold Chevy Silverado Higgins was driving was stolen out of Fayette County.

Prather says the case has been forwarded to the Fayette and Jefferson County State’s Attorneys where more charges could be filed.

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