Bernard D. Adams, 45, pleaded guilty Tuesday, and was convicted in Jackson County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to serve 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on each count to run concurrently, Carr said in Thursday's news release, and will serve a three year period of mandatory supervised release afterward.
On June 26, 2014, Carbondale police officers responded to a hit and run complaint on South Wall Street in Carbondale. The victim and other witnesses told police that Adams rammed into their vehicle while he was driving the stolen 2007 Mercedes. An Illinois State Police Trooper witnessed the incident.
While the stolen, damaged Mercedes was recovered in a field near the area of the crash, Adams wasn't found then. During the investigation, officers got a report of another stolen vehicle.
A delivery driver for the Daily Egyptian was making his usual delivery of papers to Circle K on East Walnut Street in Carbondale when the delivery truck was stolen from the parking lot. A little while later officers with the Marion Police Department saw the stolen truck near the Interstate 57 overpass.
As officers tried to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle, Adams, who police say was driving, fled. Adams was pursued out of Marion west toward Carbondale on Route 13. Law enforcement members with the Marion Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff's Department, and John A Logan Police pursued him. The chase exceeded 100 miles per hour at times.
Police say when Adams entered Carbondale in the stolen truck, officers deployed spike strips to disable the car. Ultimately, officers were able to stop the vehicle on North Brush Street in Carbondale. There was a short foot pursuit, before Adams was arrested.
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