Paducah man leads Metropolis police on high speed chase

Paducah man leads Metropolis police on high speed chase
Jonathon Travis (Source: Metropolis PD)
Jonathon Travis (Source: Metropolis PD)

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - A Paducah man faces several charges after a chase through Metropolis on Nov. 6.

Jonathon M. Travis, 32, of Paducah was arrested on charges of DUI, aggravated fleeing, reckless driving, resisting arrest, criminal damage to property, and aggravated assault.

Officers responded to a report of a reckless driver in a blue Jeep around 8:40 p.m. to 12th and Ferry streets.

While looking for the blue Jeep, another report came in on the same vehicle near 12th and Filmore.

Officers found the Jeep and saw it go through a stop sign at 12th and Ferry, according to the Metropolis Police Department.

Officers stopped the driver and police say they could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver's breath.

The driver was told to exit the vehicle and refused. The driver then restarted the Jeep and attempted to take off, but lost control and got stuck in the ditch. He started rocking the Jeep between drive and reverse to free it. The vehicle got free and then struck a Metropolis squad car. It left the scene.

A chase lasted for several blocks, through a couple of fields and through yards. The Jeep also struck two mailboxes.

At 12th St. and Pullen Street, the Jeep passed a vehicle at a high rate of speed, lost control and crashed.

The driver again tried to leave the scene and this time struck a Massac County Sheriff's squad car.

The Jeep became disabled and the driver continued fighting with the officers.

Officers used a Taser and took Travis into custody. He was taken to the Massac County Detention Center.

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