High-Speed Chase Runs Through Central Illinois

By Neil Doyle

A 20-year-old man from Normal faces several charges after fleeing from authorities on Black Friday, including a chase that reached speeds in excess of 110 mph.

The McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Sean Dawson with the manufacture, delivery, and possession of cannabis, aggravated fleeing, and criminal damage to property.

According to court documents, Chenoa Police stopped Dawson for going 23 mph over the speed limit on Interstate 55, south of Chenoa. Police said after stopping, Dawson fled in the vehicle from officers at a high rate of speed, in excess of 110 mph. Authorities located the vehicle getting off at the Lexington exit and in the parking lot of a business. Officers said Dawson tried to flee again and crashed into the front of a Chenoa squad car causing minor damage. Dawson then surrendered to police.

Officers said they found almost 500 grams of cannabis and $774 in suspected drug money inside the vehicle.

Dawson’s bond has been set at $25,000, meaning he needs to to post $2,500. Conditions of the bond are he not drive and he must surrender his driver’s license.

His first appearance in McLean County Court is scheduled for Dec. 20.