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On 04-28-19 Carbondale Police officers investigated the theft of a vehicle from the 800 block of Old Highway 13. On 04-30-19 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Carbondale Police officers, with assistance from officers with the SIU Police Department, located the stolen vehicle in the area of Poplar and Walnut Streets. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop for officers. The suspect driver eluded officers through the City.
The driver crashed the vehicle in the 200 block of North Illinois Avenue and officers arrested him. The driver is a juvenile male and he suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. The driver was treated and released from Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. As a result of the suspect refusing to stop, there was damage to yards and landscaping at privately owned properties as well as City owned property.
The juvenile suspect is charged with Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Reckless Driving. The juvenile is detained at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!