RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - Two drivers are injured after a vehicle trying to evade police slammed into a pick-up truck, causing it to run off the road and hit an embankment.
The Randolph County Sheriff's Department responded to a reckless driving complaint at 9 a.m. Tuesday. A deputy found the vehicle in question - a 2000 GMC Jimmy, driven by 48-year-old Shane Smith -- six miles south of Chester traveling southbound on Ill. Route 3.
The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but it fled the scene, traveling south through Chester and turning east on Ill. Route 150 toward Steeleville. The vehicle struck stop sticks set up by police one mile west of Steeleville, and continued through the town to the west edge of Percy, where Smith attempted to pass a vehicle as he approached Chestnut Street, according to a news release.
To avoid hitting an incoming semi-truck, Smith swerved into the eastbound lane and struck a 2013 GMC 2500 HD pickup truck, causing it to run off the road and strike an embankment. The Jimmy rolled over numerous times, coming to rest in the middle of the road.
Both Smith and the driver of the pick-up, 53-year-old Joseph Durham, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash is still under investigation. Charges are pending through the Randolph County Sheriff's Department.