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September 25, 2017

8/16/2017 10:42:00 AM
Man held after Rt. 1 chase
Local sheriff's deputies in 3-county pursuit that hit 115 mph.
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The Crawford County Sheriff's Office was involved in a lengthy car chase which traveled through three counties, and resulted in the arrest of an Indiana man Sunday.

According to Deputy Todd Fear, about 12:30 p.m. deputies received a report about a stolen vehicle from Henderson, Ky., which might have been seen in the area. Fear said the vehicle was spotted near Flat Rock, but a search of the area resulted in the vehicle not being found.

Following the search in Flat Rock, another report was received about a Chevrolet driving dangerously around the Crawford County Courthouse Square and striking another vehicle. Deputies pursued the suspect toward Gordon, where he went south on Illinois Route 1.

During the chase Deputy Fear said the driver, identified as Richard Hoke, 48, Newburgh, Ind., began to drive his vehicle at a alarming speed of 115 mph.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Lawrenceville Police Department and the St. Francisville Police Department were alerted about the situation and made preparations for if Hoke arrived in the area. As Hoke near the Crawford/Lawrence County border Fear said he began throwing beer cans out the driver's side window to distract his pursuers.

Lawrence County deputies anticipating his arrival tried to stop him near the line but he avoided them. He then made his way to St. Francisville, where he again avoided deputies and officers trying to stop him and continued south on Route 1 entering Wabash County.

The Wabash County Sheriff's Office was waiting for Hoke just south of Crawfish Creek near Mt. Carmel. When they received word that he was heading toward their direction Wabash deputies deployed stop sticks as the vehicle approached.

Hoke continued driving until he lost control of his vehicle in the 1800 block of Cherry Street in Mt. Carmel about 1:13 p.m. He was taken into custody by Crawford County Sheriff's Office, but was taken to a nearby hospital for injury. After treatment he was taken to Crawford County Jail, where he is awaiting bond to be set by a judge.

Charges include driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated fleeing and eluding police, speeding, possession of a stolen vehicle and illegal lane usage. No injuries were reported by any law enforcement, pedestrians or fellow drivers and no vehicles were struck when the chase went down Route 1.

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