- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on a Southern Illinois police officer who died in a crash while pursuing a car (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

The Southern Illinois police officer who died in a crash while attempting to stop another car has been identified as a 22-year-old who also served as a volunteer firefighter.

James Brockmeyer joined the Chester Police Department about 10 months ago, the Belleville News-Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/2fqURkQ).

Police Chief Ryan Coffey says Brockmeyer was well respected in the community, “dedicated and a true professional.”

Brockmeyer died Friday night after he crashed his squad car during a pursuit in rural Randolph County.

Authorities were still searching Saturday for the man they identified as the driver of the other vehicle, 34-year-old Jason Michael Stoker of Chester.

Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker says a warrant has been issued for Stoker’s arrest on a charge of aggravated fleeing and eluding.


11:45 a.m.

A Southern Illinois police officer has died after crashing his squad car while pursuing a vehicle. Authorities say an arrest warrant has been issued for the driver of the car, who didn’t stop.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/2fqURkQ ) a Chester police officer in his early 20s was killed around 10 p.m. Friday in rural Randolph County, about two miles north of Chester. The officer’s name had not been released early Saturday.

Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker says the officer was trying to stop a red 2006 Pontiac. The driver has been identified as Jason Michael Stoker, 34, of Chester. He’s charged in an arrest warrant with aggravated fleeing and eluding.

Court records show Stoker has been arrested multiple times in Randolph County on charges including battery and obstructing a police officer.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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