Saline County high speed chase ends in armed robbery arrests | Crime
A high speed chase through Saline County ended in the arrest of three men on armed robbery charges. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office says dispatch received a 911 call Wednesday afternoon, from a man who told them he’d been robbed at gunpoint at his home near Muddy Road and College Road.
The caller reported that the suspects had left in a black Pontiac. Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown encountered the suspect vehicle at the east edge of Harrisburg on Illinois 13. The vehicle refused to stop for Saline County officers by and a pursuit continued west thru Harrisburg and turned onto Illinois 13, off of Poplar Street. The pursuit continued towards the Bankston area and turned onto New Illinois 13 and continued towards the Saline/Williamson County line.
The Illinois Secretary of State Police encountered the west bound vehicle near Jordan’s Curve and was in excess of 109 miles per hour. The vehicle was pursued by the Secretary of State officer, to the east city limits of Marion, where officers from Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police and Illinois State Police were waiting. The driver and his passengers were taken into custody without incident.
Saline County deputies continued the investigation into the evening and from a public report a hand gun was located by the Harrisburg Police near Hucks on West Poplar Street in Harrisburg. A second weapon was located by Harrisburg Police and Saline County officers near the soccer field on West Poplar Street.
“The old saying ‘you can outrun a squad car, but it’s hard to outrun the radio’ played large part in the investigation,”said Brown. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by Harrisburg Police, Carrier Mills Police, Illinois State Police, Secretary of State Police, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Police and the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.
“Dispatcher information and calls reporting both the location of the black Pontiac and location of the weapon played a huge role in the investigation and making the arrests quickly,” said Sheriff Brown.
Arrested were Collin Crim, 19, Carrier Mills, Kashmere Barners, 19, Harrisburg and Paul Marshall Jr., 19, Carrier Mills. All were initially charged with Armed Robbery. Further charges are pending after a review of all reports to the Saline County State’s Attorney.