Two Danville men are in the Public Safety Building in Danville after leading police on a chase that resulted in the recovery of nearly 20lbs of cannabis and injuries to a Hoopeston officer and auxilliary officer.
A traffic stop around 12:19am Saturday on the 1000 block of West Orange where both the driver, Benjamin F. Hillsman, 33 and his passenger Keionna AG Cottrell, 21 produced their driver’s licenses before Hillsman then put the vehicle in gear and took off at a high rate of speed.
The Hoopeston officer returned to his squad car and pursued Hillsman south on Route 1 towards Rossville and when Hillsman attempted to pas a Greyhound bus he swerved to miss a truck that was headed north causing the officer and Hillsman to hit the ditch. The cop car was inoperable after striking a tree, but Hillsman continued south and was stopped in Danville by Danville police and Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department.
Both men are facing preliminary cahrges of possession of cannabis over 5,000 grams, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Hillsman was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding and reckless driving.
The police and auxilliary officers were treated and released at the Carle Hoopeston Regional Hospital.