Police looking into circumstances of burned car

Police looking into circumstances of burned car

CHAMPAIGN - Police are trying to find out who owns a car found burned in an alley in Champaign early Sunday.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said a deputy first spotted the yellow Volkswagen Jetta about midnight Saturday while he was running radar at Curtis Road and Wesley Avenue in Savoy. When the car sped north on Prospect Avenue at approximately 10 miles over the speed limit, the deputy decided to stop it. As the deputy got out near Burwash Avenue, the drver of the car took off fast to the north.

The deputy returned to his squad car and using his lights and sirens, tried to stop the speeding car. Coile said the deputy watched the driver of the car run a stop light at Windsor Road and a stop sign at Devonshire. The deputy ended his pursuit, last seeing the car headed north on Prospect at Kirby. 

About two hours later, Champaign police and firefighters were sent to an alley in the 700 block of West Church where a yellow Jetta had a fire in the passenger compartment. The temporary plate that had been on the car when the deputy tried to stop it two hours earlier was gone. Coile said the vehicle identification number had also been removed from the dashboard.

The owner of the temporary plate reported it stolen to police on Monday when he returned from being out of town.

Coile said police have no idea who the driver of the car was. It's being stored at a local towing company.



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billbtri5 wrote on June 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

hate to tell you but you're going to have to crawl under it and get the vin off the frame, but you should already know and have done, that...

danvillenative wrote on June 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Too bad champaign just wont let the police do their job. If so he wouldn't of had to end the pursuit. Possibly could of returned a stolen car and put a thief behind bars.

Brandon Booher wrote on June 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

There's another side to that...a high speed pursuit through town?  There are far too many things that could happen that would land the city in a major lawsuit.  This is why people carry insurance, it's too bad it had to happen to begin with.



constantly amazed wrote on June 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Please read carefully, the car was being chased by a Sheriff's Deputy, and it looks like they chased the car for almost 2 miles before breaking off. That’s not to say Champaign would not have called it off too but this was the Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Booher wrote on June 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm


Mark Taylor wrote on June 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

That's right. It would've been so cool if the sheriff chased a speeding car through Champaign, maybe including downtown, campus, and going by a few parks and schools. But the dang communistical lie-brals just won't let the police do their job, will they?