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Man, 18, arrested after car chase

Man, 18, arrested after car chase

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BLOOMINGTON - An 18-year-old Bloomington man was arrested after police say he ran a stop sign in Bloomington, fled from police and crashed his car in north Normal.

Jonathan S. Powell, of the 1700 block of West Oakland Avenue, was in jail Friday in lieu of $500 on charges of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

Police said an officer saw Powell drive west through a stop sign with one working headlight just after midnight at the intersection of Clinton and Emerson streets. The officer tried to pull over Powell, but he continued driving and sped up after turning north on Linden Street into Normal, police said.

Powell ran a stop sign at Shelbourne Drive and almost collided head-on with a Normal Police squad car, police said. He turned west on Raab Road and soon ran off the road and struck a utility pole while trying to turn south, police said.

He ran from officers, who used a taser in arresting him, police said.

The officer who began the traffic stop, Jared Roth, one of those honored Friday morning by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for his work in enforcing DUI laws.

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