Man leads law enforcement on multi-county chase


A man is now in custody after leading a dangerous chase on Tuesday.

The chase led multiple law enforcement agencies from Jersey County, Illinois to Pike County, Illinois.

According to Calhoun County Sheriff William Heffington, 48-year-old Jesse V. Dorris of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase while trying to evade police.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department pursued Dorris to the Illinois River in Kampsville.

Dorris drove a vehicle into the Illinois River at the Kampsville Ferry in Greene County.

Kampsville Ferry staff tried to help Dorris but he refused the help. Dorris swam across the river to the Calhoun County side.

According to Sheriff Heffington, Dorris then stole a pick up truck at a nearby campsite in Calhoun County.

Heffington says Dorris had a flat tire and eventually crashed near Detroit in Pike County.

Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty tells KHQA that two Pike County Sheriff Units performed a PIT maneuver in order to stop the vehicle.

Petty says Dorris was headed east on Highway 106.

Petty says law enforcement's concern was Dorris reaching construction on the Highway 106 bridge.

Pittsfield Police and the Pike County Sheriff's Department tracked rim marks on the road to locate Dorris. Dorris was then taken to a hospital in Pittsfield and lodged in the Greene County Jail.

Jersey County Sheriff's Department was the arresting law enforcement agency.

According to court documents, an arrest warrant was issued for Dorris in Jackson County, Missouri on July 21st for stealing a vehicle.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says the ferry service was temporarily shut down for approximately 3 hours but began operating again once the vehicle was removed from the river.

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