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Two men arrested in Pike County, Illinois, following police pursuit

PLEASANT HILL, IL (WGEM) — Two men are in custody after a police chase that resulted in a school lockdown Tuesday in Pike County, Illinois.

Pleasant Hill Police Chief Zachary Orr stated that at approximately 8:42 a.m., Pleasant Hill, Illinois, he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a silver 2012 Honda motorcycle on Quincy Street near Bay Street.

Orr stated the driver of the motorcycle refused to stop which led to a short police pursuit.  The incident included the driver driving through a resident’s yard on Bay Street as well as the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church yard.

Orr said the speeds of the pursuit was in excess of 70 to 80 MPH. The driver of the motorcycle did not stop when crossing Quincy Street southbound on Bay Street. Orr indicated he had already identified the driver of the motorcycle and due to the driver’s speeds terminated the police pursuit.

Orr received information from the owners of the Stagecoach Inn that the driver of said motorcycle hid the motorcycle behind the restaurant. The motorcycle was located and seized.

Orr said due to the driver currently being on mandatory supervised release from the Illinois Department of Corrections, currently out on bond for a previous felony in Pike County, Illinois, and the fact that the driver was now on foot, he contacted Pleasant Hill School Superintendent Ron Edwards and requested him to lock-down the schools.

Orr received information the driver was working on a property on Wild Cat Hollow Road, Nebo, Calhoun County, Illinois. Orr said he and other law enforcement officers went to the property where Brett Gregory, 59, of Waltonville, Illinois was taken into custody without incident.

While at the property in Calhoun County, Orr encountered another subject, James Shadowens, age 52 Waltonville. Shadowens had an active Richland County, Illinois felony warrant for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.  Shadowens was taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized suspected methamphetamine and methamphetamine-related drug paraphernalia. An investigative report regarding the possession of methamphetamine will be forwarded to the Calhoun County State’s Attorney’s Office for formal review.

Both Gregory and Shadowens were transported to the Pike County Jail.

Gregory is charged with the following offenses:

  • Aggravated Driving While License Revoked,
  • Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer (Speed),
  • Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer (Traffic Control Device),
  • Disobeying a Traffic Control Device (130th Avenue at Parkview Drive),
  • Disobeying a Traffic Control Device (Bay Street at Quincy Street),
  • Failure to Signal When Required (130th Avenue at Parkview Drive),
  • Failure to Signal When Required (Quincy Street at Bay Street),
  • Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle,
  • Reckless Driving,
  • Speeding 35+
  • IDOC Parole Violation Warrant (MN1908055)

Orr praised the Pleasant Hill community for aiding in locating Gregory.  Without the help from the community, Gregory would not have been taken into custody as quick as he was.

Orr said he previously arrested Gregory in Pleasant Hill on July 4th, 2019 for the offenses of aggravated driving while license revoked and obstructing justice. Chief Orr said in that incident, Gregory provided a false name.

Orr said the school lockdown was just a precaution due to the incident occurring near the school grounds.

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Jim Roberts

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