Mattoon man arrested after aggressive pursuit through Atwood

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ATWOOD – A 60-year-old man is in custody after he fled authorities and rammed a police vehicle in the chase.

Atwood Police gave chase after 60-year-old Randall Day, of Mattoon, would not stop when authorities tried to pull him over for speeding on Thursday, October 13. Day fled east on Highway 36 for seven miles before turning south into the country. It was at this point that Tuscola Police Chief Craig Hastings joined the pursuit to assist Atwood Police Chief Bross.

Day was going eighty miles per hour at this point and rammed Chief Hastings’ vehicle.

After turning east on Douglas County Road 750 N, Day turned onto Highway 45 into oncoming traffic before ramming into the Atwood Police vehicle, leaving the car unable to move.

Day then continued off the road through the ditch, into a harvested corn field, then into a grass lot where Day once again rammed the Tuscola police unit. This final collision left Day’s vehicle unable to drive any further.

Despite being injured in the crash, Atwood Police Chief Bross ran to where the pursuit ended and assisted Tuscola Police Chief Hastings. Day was then removed from his vehicle and arrested.

Now, Day is being held in the Douglas County Jail facing charges of Driving with a Revoked License, two counts of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm by a Felon. He is being held on $200,000 bond.

Day is due back in court on October 20, 2016 for arraignment and the filing of formal charges.

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