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.