High speed chase involving shotgun breaks out in Greene County

By Ryne Turke on September 7, 2016 at 12:43pm

A man is still on the loose after a high speed chase with law enforcement in Greene County on Tuesday.

Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl says two investigators were in Greenfield yesterday afternoon to speak with a “gentleman” believed to be linked to a recent residential burglary in Macoupin County.

The individual, who’s name cannot be released yet because charges have yet to be filed against him, was reportedly uncooperative with law enforcement when asked to come to the Greenfield Police Department to be interviewed.

Kahl says investigators were able to speak with the individual for several minutes before he went inside to grab multiple bags, locked himself in a pickup truck and drove away.

Kahl couldn’t provide the exact location in which the high speed chase started, but confirmed it was somewhere in the city limits of Greenfield.

“He went northbound on 267 outside the city limits into Greene County. Then he went on several rural roads, went east off 267, then back north. They ended up on what we call the Scottville Blacktop,” says Kahl.

It was at this time during the chase that the individual threw one of the bags out of the driver’s side window. Upon recovery of the bag, officers found a shotgun.

Kahl says law enforcement proceeded to chase the individual for several miles at speeds of 80-90 miles per hour.

“They got to the intersection at 267. The individual then went straight across 267 on the Roodhouse Blacktop at a high rate of speed. At that time the detectives lost sight of him and then terminated their pursuit of him. The vehicle was later discovered in a rural area in Greene County by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.”

Kahl believes the individual drove several miles off the roadway so he could ditch the vehicle and flee the area on foot.

“We believe he had enough time to walk out of the area. With all the growth, leaves on the trees and vegetation, it would have been tough to see him. We are still looking for him and will probably be filing charges against him through the Greene County State’s Attorney’s Office.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the unnamed individual is asked to contact the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department at 854-3135.