Carmi Man, Juvenile Arrested Following Police Chase Monday Night in Harrisburg

Carmi Man, Juvenile Arrested Following Police Chase Monday Night in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, IL — A Carmi man and a juvenile were arrested after leading law enforcement on a chase Monday night.

According to Harrisburg Police, shortly after 9 p.m., Carmi Police notified them that they were investigating an attempted homicide/unlawful use of a firearm case that happened in Carmi. Carmi PD identified 24-year-old Tony R. Buckman of Carmi as the suspect in their investigation. They believed that Buckman was headed to an address in Harrisburg driving a red Jeep.

Around 9:50 p.m., a Harrisburg officer located a vehicle matching the suspect description entering Harrisburg on Route 45 North. Harrisburg Police officers and Saline County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a high risk stop near the intersection of Route 45 and Sloan St. Once officers made verbal contact with the occupants of the vehicle, the driver fled the scene and this initiated a vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit the suspect swerved at oncoming officers attempting to strike them head on. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed into a brick wall, near where the initial stop took place, and was boxed in by officers. Officers then became involved in a short foot pursuit as Buckman attempted to flee the crash. He was eventually taken into custody in the Sonic parking lot. During a subsequent search of Buckman’s person, officers located 44 grams of methamphetamine (ice).

Officers also arrested the 17-year-old juvenile male who was in possession of a handgun.

Police say Buckman was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine (15-100 grams), Aggravated Assault, two counts of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Criminal Damage to State Supported Property.

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