Macon County Sheriff's Office involved in high-speed pursuit

DECATUR - Authorities say they are investigating an incident that involved members of the  Macon County Sheriff's Office pursuing a vehicle that was allegedly transporting a wanted person.

According to the Macon County Sheriff's Office, an off-duty deputy spotted a wanted person in the South Shores area of Decatur at about 7:38 a.m. on May 21.  The deputy then relayed the information to other members of the Sheriff's Office in an attempt to have the identified vehicle over.

Authorities say deputies found the vehicle, described as a silver 2004 Chevrolet minivan, in the area of South Franklin Street and Grove Road at about 7:40 a.m.  When the deputies initiated a traffic stop, officers say the minivan fled, resulting in deputies pursuing the vehicle.  The pursuit was stopped when the van came upon school buses that were picking up children.

Authorities also say the pursuit started again when deputies found the van in the area of Elwin Road and Baltimore Avenue in Mt. Zion at about 7:52 p.m.  Deputies say the van reached speeds of more than 70 miles per hour on Elwin Road, and speeds of more than 100 miles per hour on Route 51, with the vehicle heading into Christian County and Shelby County.  The pursuit was called off near Assumption, as the van continued to travel at excessive speeds.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office says the van was occupied by a 26-year-old white female and a 25-year-old white male.  Authorities have not released the names of either of these individuals.

We will provide more details as they become available.

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