Police pursuit on Route 161 turns into crash that sends four to the hospital

Police pursuit on Route 161 turns into crash that sends four to the hospital

NEW BADEN, IL — A police pursuit Monday near New Baden resulted in the suspect vehicle crashing on Illinois Route 161 and its four occupants being taken to the hospital for treatment. According to Illinois State Police, a car driven by 25-year-old Dashawn Crenshaw of St. Louis was being pursued by a Clinton County Sheriff’s deputy when he ran over spike strips that had been deployed by a second deputy.

Crenshaw lost control when trying to avoid the spike strips and left the right side of the road. He then re-entered the road and struck the rear of a pickup truck driven by 41-year-old Brian Huegen of Albers. Crenshaw, Huegen, and two Centralia residents who were passengers in the vehicle being pursued were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The two Centralia residents are identified as 20-year-old Sheila Hall and 22-year-old Mariha Anderson.

Crenshaw was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and improper lane usage.

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