DECATUR — A nearly 100-block police chase ended with the arrest Monday of a 24-year-old man Decatur man, who police said was armed with a handgun.
Officers were following a 2013 Kia Optima at 1:15 a.m. Monday near East Pershing Road and North Woodford Street, as the vehicle matched the description of one involved in a previous complaint of criminal damage to property, said Sgt. Chris Copeland.
Copeland said the officers received information that Devante Hall was driving the vehicle and might be armed with a gun. As they followed the vehicle in the area of North Jasper Street and East Garfield Avenue, a sergeant turned on his emergency lights to try to pull over the suspect's vehicle, Copeland said.
The vehicle did not stop, ran several red lights and was speeding, Copeland said.
Officers used spike strips at East Eldorado and North 22nd streets, Copeland said. An officer found the unoccupied vehicle near Chandler Park with a tire blown, he said.
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Hall was found in the area, intoxicated, and taken into custody, Copeland said. He said officers found a loaded 9 mm magazine while searching the vehicle.
Officers retraced the vehicle's path and found a loaded 9 mm handgun in the 200 block of South 16th Street along the curb, as well as a little over half of a gram of crack cocaine, Copeland said. The gun had scuff marks and dirt, as if it had been thrown from a vehicle.
A 9 mm magazine was found near the gun, and matched the magazine recovered from the vehicle, Copeland said.
Hall faces two Class X felony preliminary charges: possession of a weapon by a felon and armed violence. Other preliminary charges are criminal damage to property under $500, aggravated fleeing police over 21 mph, violating the Controlled Substance Act, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated driving under the influence.
Hall also had two outstanding warrants for traffic-related charges issued by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, records show. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. No bond had been set as of Monday morning.