What began as a simple case of speeding quickly escalated into a high speed pursuit in both rural Edwards County and Albion Sunday afternoon.

Charles E. Dozier, 20, of Decatur, Ill. was taken into custody after leading an Edwards County Sheriff’s Deputy and an Albion Police Officer on a high speed chase beginning at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Dozier racked up several charges during the pursuit, including speeding, disobeying a traffic control device, reckless driving and aggravated fleeing and eluding. He was also charged with reckless conduct and obstructing a peace officer.

Deputy Travis Roosevelt, while conducting a routine traffic enforcement STEP patrol (a program funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation), clocked a vehicle southbound on Illinois Route 130 roughly a half mile from the West Salem crossroads traveling at a speed of 70 miles per hour. Previously northbound on Route 130, Roosevelt turned around and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

Rather than pull over, Dozier picked up speed.

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