LITCHFIELD — Illinois State Police patrol units from multiple ISP districts assisted in apprehending a fleeing aggravated battery suspect Monday following a high-speed pursuit.
A conservation officer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources made contact with Jason R. Jenkins, 32, of Florissant, Mo., during a fishing license compliance check at the boat launch parking lot of Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield.
Jenkins reportedly struck the Conservation Officer with his vehicle, a 2012 Mazda, and fled the scene. An ISP District 18 trooper observed Jenkins in his vehicle and a pursuit ensued southbound onto Interstate 55. Multiple local police agencies joined in the pursuit southbound on Interstate 55. The pursuit continued into District 11 based in Collinsville, at which point ISP District 11 troopers took over the pursuit.
Jenkins drove his vehicle over multiple spike strips on I-55 southbound at milepost 20. Jenkins exited off I-55 southbound, onto I-270 westbound, and again drove over multiple spike strips on I-270 westbound at milepost 10. Jenkins continued fleeing police on I-270 westbound into Missouri, where he exited from I-270 at West Florissant Road. Jenkins drove his vehicle into an Aldi’s parking lot on West Florissant at Dunn Road. Jenkins struck an occupied vehicle and an unoccupied vehicle in the Aldi’s parking lot. Jenkins immediately exited his 2012 Mazda and fled on foot. He was apprehended shortly afterward by several officers without incident. No injuries were sustained in the crashes.
Criminal charges against Jenkins are being applied for through multiple jurisdictions. The conservation officer was transported to a Litchfield area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This case remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.