Man crashes into Deputy during High Speed Pursuit in Kankakee, caught in nearby field


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KANKAKEE, IL – A man with multiple outstanding warrants has been apprehended after leading Kankakee County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit that ended in a crash. 

Bret A. Johnson, 30, of St. Anne, was located by deputies at a gas station in Chebanse on Friday afternoon.

When deputies attempted to stop Johnson, he backed into an officer’s vehicle and fled, leading them on a high-speed chase. Johnson’s vehicle eventually struck another sheriff’s deputy, which caused airbags to deploy, allowing deputies to apprehend him after a foot pursuit in a nearby field.

Sheriff Mike Downey said Johnson had been causing chaos in multiple Kankakee County communities and is thankful that the officers were able to apprehend him without anyone getting severely injured or killed.

Johnson faces multiple charges related to the high-speed pursuit, including vehicular hijacking, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. He also faces allegations from a separate investigations in both the Village of Bradley and by Kankakee City Police.

Johnson remains incarcerated in the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a $200,000 bond. He has been booked on multiple charges, including felony retail theft, obstructing peace officers, and aggravated battery against a peace officer.


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