Illinois – A man from Los Angeles led authorities on a 115-mile chase on Tuesday, spanning southern and central Illinois, before ultimately getting apprehended. The chase resulted in the discovery of drugs valued at over a quarter of a million dollars.
Around 9:22 p.m., deputies from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit after observing a vehicle committing violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Dejon D. Wooden, the driver of the vehicle, neglected to stop for the deputies and proceeded to drive northbound on Interstate 57.
According to a Facebook post by the sheriff’s office, Williamson County Deputies chased the suspect on Interstate 57 in a northbound direction. The suspect exhibited dangerous behavior, such as passing multiple semi tractor trailers in the emergency lane, attempting to run the deputies off the road, and driving at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.
According to reports, Wooden eluded deputies for a staggering 115 miles before law enforcement successfully disabled his vehicle using a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver in Effingham. It was at this point that authorities apprehended him at the scene.
According to reports, law enforcement officers seized a significant amount of drugs from the vehicle. Specifically, they recovered 80.3 pounds of cannabis and 760 ounces of promethazine. The estimated value of these drugs on the street exceeds $250,000.
Wooden faced several serious charges including cannabis trafficking, possession with intent to deliver cannabis, controlled substance trafficking, aggravated assault, and aggravated fleeing and eluding.
Wooden is currently being held in custody at the Williamson County Jail.