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Jefferson City man charged following weekend chase

Jefferson City man charged following weekend chase

October 16th, 2017 by News Tribune in Local News

A Jefferson City man has been charged after a weekend chase with authorities.

Matthew McIlwain, 32, is charged with driving while revoked and resisting a lawful stop.

The incident began just before 7 p.m. Saturday, according to a Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement.

An officer tried to stop McIlwain at Stadium Boulevard and West Edgewood Drive for having expired plates, according to the statement. He failed to stop and continued to drive away. An officer on a police motorcycle spotted McIlwain and decided not to purse, but stayed close enough to give information to allow for a police car to intercept McIlwain at the intersection of Stoneridge Parkway and South Ten Mile Drive.

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At that intersection, McIlwain ran through a stop sign without slowing, and the officer in the police car began the pursuit.

The pursuit continued through several city streets at speeds over 70 mph. At one point McIlwain crossed over Stadium Boulevard from West Edgewood Drive at approximately 60 mph without slowing for cross traffic. He traveled to Route C, where he reached speeds of 109 mph.

McIlwain tried to take side roads, ending up on Loesch Road, where he eventually crashed. A foot pursuit ensued for about 100 yards until McIlwain was taken into custody, according to the probable cause statement.

Court records show McIlwain has more than three driving while revoked convictions, with the last netting him 60 days in jail. Two days prior to this chase, McIlwain was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, felony driving while revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was out on bond for those offenses just over 24 hours before this pursuit.