We have all scene the movie scenes where one escapes the police after a high-speed chase. The driver, sometimes, the hero, sometimes, not, breaks double digit speeds on their way to freedom. However, in real life, even if one successfully evades the police, one may still end up in jail. One local Springfield man learned this the hard way.
The high-speed chase
According to our local police, the local man was allegedly spotted speeding on Iron Bridge Road near Iron Bridge Estates in Chatham, Illinois, Monday afternoon. When police tried to catch up to the BMW, the police allege that the driver accelerated. They claimed that the local broke 100 mph, and at one point, he hit 126 mph in a 35-mph zone on Gordon Drive.
After the chase
The police decided to break off the chase, though, the local was not off the hook. The 22-year-old was later arrested at his Chatham home. He now faces charges of reckless driving, driving while license revoked, aggravated fleeing, alluding police and speeding (91 mph over the posted limit). He is now being held in the Sangamon County Jail.
After an arrest
For Springfield, Illinois, residents that are arrested, stay silent. Ask for an attorney immediately, and do not say anything to anyone until one gets to speak with that attorney. The arresting officers and everyone at the county jail works for the state, and their job is to help get a conviction. This means they are not the accused’s friend. They are not there to help. Anything one says can, and will, be used against them in subsequent court proceedings. This is why it is so important to wait for an attorney.