3 Danville men face charges after weekend chase ends in fiery crash

3 Danville men face charges after weekend chase ends in fiery crash

DANVILLE — Three men have been charged in a weekend chase with Danville police that ended with the suspects crashing their vehicle into a pole and it catching fire.

Three of the four men found in the vehicle were later arrested and charged with various weapons violations in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Monday.

At 6:03 p.m. Saturday, a Danville police officer saw a gold-colored vehicle commit a traffic infraction in the area of Stroup Street and Main Street, but when the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver accelerated away, according to a news release from Danville police Cmdr. Josh Webb.

A vehicle pursuit began and continued to the area of Main and Kansas streets, where the driver lost control. The vehicle struck a utility pole and came to a stop on Main. Officers removed the driver and three passengers from the vehicle just before it erupted into flames, according to police.

During a follow-up investigation, officers located a handgun at the scene of the crash.

All four men were treated by medical personnel, taken to a local hospital for evaluation, and after getting cleared by medical personnel, all four were taken to the Danville Public Safety building for questioning.

After further investigation, the following subjects were taken into custody on various charges, according to Webb:

The driver, 22-year-old Jeremy S. Foreman, of Danville, was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and driving while license suspended.

A passenger, 21-year-old Dakota A. E. Patton of Danville, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

And another passenger, 28-year-old Kevin Marshall of Danville, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and had an outstanding parole warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Marshall had been released from prison earlier this year. In 2016, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the May 21, 2013, fatal shooting of Latifah D.L. Cross, of Chicago, at a house on Danville's Moore Street. In that plea agreement in October 2016, he was sentenced to six years in prison but was given credit for the more than three years he had served in jail awaiting trial.

The fourth person in the vehicle was an 18-year-old Danville man who was initially taken into custody but later released, police said.

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