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Illinois man charged after allegedly leading police chase, reckless driving

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William Burk is accused of leading officers on a chase and resisting arrest in Caseyville (Credit: Caseyvill Police Department) William Burk is accused of leading officers on a chase and resisting arrest in Caseyville (Credit: Caseyvill Police Department)

CASEYVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – An O’Fallon, Illinois man is facing multiple charges after allegedly leading officers on a chase last Wednesday.

Police said an officer spotted William T. Burk driving his 1988 Honda motorcycle recklessly on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Burk was allegedly following the vehicle in front of him too closely, speeding and failing to signal while changing lanes.

The officer attempted to stop the suspect at the intersection of Maple and Route 157, but Burk continued driving to the intersection of Old Bunkum Road and North 89th, according to officials.

The officer ordered Burk to turn off his motorcycle and drop his keys. Police said the suspect turned of the motorcycle after three verbal commands, but did not drop the keys. When the officer approached the motorcycle, Burk started the engine and began driving from the area. The officer then deployed his Taser, which was not effective because of a padded motorcycle jacket.  

As he drove away from officers, Burk drove 30 miles per hour over the speed limit and disobeyed traffic signs, weaving in and out of traffic with no regard for the safety of others, police said.

Burk crashed the motorcycle at Route 157 near Hollywood Heights Road. He was not injured in the crash.

When the officer approached the suspect and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, Burk reportedly threw down his helmet, shouted obscenities and kicked and swung at the officer. The officer holstered his firearm and restrained Burk until more officers arrived.

Burk has been charged with aggravated fleeing, resisting a peace officer, driving on a revoked license and reckless driving. He is being held at the St. Clair County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

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