Armed robbery suspect leads police on pursuit before crashing vehicle

Armed robbery suspect leads police on pursuit before crashing vehicle

CENTRALIA, IL — The suspect in Saturday night’s armed robbery of the Biggies General Store on IL-161 is apparently in a St. Louis area hospital after being injured in a crash early Monday morning while fleeing from Centralia police.

Biggies was robbed at gunpoint around 11:30 Saturday night and the suspect fled from the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department secured surveillance video of the suspect and his vehicle, which they distributed to area law enforcement agencies.

Then around 3a.m. Monday, a Centralia police officer spotted a vehicle and man driving it that matched the description of the suspect in the video. The officer noted a number of violations and attempted a traffic stop near Fifth and Chestnut but the driver instead reportedly fled. The pursuit then moved onto US Highway 51 southbound where speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour. As the pursuit continued south, the 37-year-old suspect reportedly began tossing cash out the window of the vehicle. As the chase moved out of Centralia and through Richview, the suspect approached the T-intersection in Ashley on U.S. 51 and reportedly crashed his vehicle.

According to Lieutenant Andy Garden of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect was airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. The case has been presented to Marion County State’s Attorney Tim Hudspeth to secure an arrest warrant for the man.

His name is being withheld until the warrant is issued.

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