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January 22, 2018

1/4/2018 10:33:00 AM
Palestine-area chase exceeds 119 mph
The Chevy Monte Carlo drove through three farm fields before hitting a tree. (Submitted photo)
The Chevy Monte Carlo drove through three farm fields before hitting a tree. (Submitted photo)
A high-speed chase near Palestine Tuesday ended when a Flat Rock man crashed his vehicle into a tree.

Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing said that about 1:46 p.m. he spotted a white Chevy Monte Carlo, which was believed to be a possible burglary suspect vehicle. The vehicle fled south on Illinois Route 33, south of Palestine, with Besing in pursuit.

During the chase, Besing said the vehicle exceeded 119 mph before the chase ended when the suspect, now identified as David W. Christine, 56, Flat Rock, drove through three bean fields and collided with a tree.

Christine was apprehended and charged with misdemeanors of speeding in excess of 35 mph, driving while revoked, reckless driving, and a felony of aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer.

He was not injured during the crash and is being held in the Crawford County Jail awaiting bond to be set by a judge.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the vehicle was not the burglary suspect vehicle.

Assisting in the pursuit were units from the Robinson Police Department and Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

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