A high speed chase through parts of Wood River, East Alton and West Alton landed an Alton man behind bars on Friday. 33 year old Jerry A. Thomas of the 300 block of Mitchell Street was arrested after leading police on a short chase that saw speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The chase began in Wood River when Thomas allegedly sped off from a routine traffic stop.
He then led police on a chase through a residential area before finding his way onto Illinois Route 143. Thomas eventually abandoned his vehicle near the Wood River Township Water Pump and was taken into custody by East Alton Police. He is facing multiple traffic charges including speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal and attempting to elude a police officer.