Patrol units from multiple Illinois State Police districts assisted in apprehending an alleged aggravated battery suspect Monday following a high speed pursuit through Illinois and Missouri.
An officer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources made contact with 32 year old Jason R. Jenkins, of Florissant, MO during a fishing license compliance check at the boat launch parking lot of Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield.
According to state police, Jenkins allegedly struck the conservation officer with his vehicle, a 2012 Mazda, and fled the scene. A state trooper spotted Jenkins in his vehicle and gave chase southbound onto Interstate 55. Multiple local police agencies joined in the pursuit southbound on I55. The pursuit continued into State Police District 11, at which point troopers out of Collinsville took over the chase.
Jenkins drove his vehicle over multiple spike strips on I-55 southbound at milepost 20. He reportedly exited off I-55 southbound, onto I-270 westbound, and again drove over multiple spike strips on I-270 westbound at milepost 10. Jenkins allegedly 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 located 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 vehicle and allegedly fled on foot. He was apprehended shortly afterward by several officers without incident. No injuries were sustained in the crashes.
Criminal charges against Jenkins in multiple jurisdictions are pending. The conservation officer was transported to a Litchfield area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.