SOUTH ROXANA - A motorist was charged with two felonies after a car chase and foot pursuit.
On Monday, March 3, at 10:01 p.m., the South Roxana Police Department responded to a reckless driving complaint at Midwest Bio Diesel Plant in South Roxana.
Officer Lee Brousseau noticed the truck matched the description of a vehicle that allegedly left the scene of multiple property damage accidents in Wood River. The truck had extensive damage and a punctured tire.
Police said Brousseau tried to stop the car and the driver, Charles Higgins, fled. Brousseau began a pursuit that led through multiple jurisdictions and stopped in Alton near the rock quarry.
Higgins bailed out of his truck and his vehicle struck the South Roxana patrol car. Brousseau exited his vehicle and began a foot pursuit through the woods, where Higgins was taken into custody and lodged at the Madison County Jail pending the application of formal charges.
A warrant for two counts of felony aggravated fleeing and eluding were obtained through the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office with a bond set at $75,000. Higgins remains in custody at the Madison County Jail.
The Alton Police Department handled the traffic crash in which Higgins’ vehicle struck Brousseau’s squad car, police said.