Man Arrested for Leading Police on Chase Resulting in Accident

A man was taken into police custody in Mount Vernon Illinois after he led them on a high speed chase.  The high speed chase ended with a crash on Monday. Police say, several residents called to report that Robert Garrett, 52, of Mt. Vernon was driving recklessly and was possibly drunk. Police tried to stop his vehicle, but Garrett drove off and led police on a chase before hitting several trees, a fire hydrant and a front porch. The suspect was found a short distance from the vehicle. The suspect is believed to have been ejected from the vehicle but police say a crash reconstruction determined he got out of the vehicle on his own and collapsed a short distance later. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and then arrested. Garrett was charged with aggravated DUI, aggravated fleeing and eluding the police, and driving while license revoked. There were no other injuries reported in the accident.

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