A man was arrested Wednesday after ramming into a Bloomington Police Department squad car with a stolen vehicle.

According to the Bloomington Police Department, at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday BPD’s Street Crime Unit was attempting to arrest the 26-year-old man of New York State as part of an ongoing drug investigation. 

The man fled on foot during the initial attempted arrest, leaving his vehicle downtown on Main Street just south of Jefferson Street, the report stated. Several BPD officers, including the BPD’s canine unit were involved in the foot chase.

The report stated that the man circled back and got into the parked vehicle and attempted to drive away. A Street Crimes officer drove his squad car up to the man’s vehicle in an attempt to block him from getting away in the stolen car.

The man rammed the car he was driving into the squad car, damaging both vehicles, according to the report. He managed to drive away and continued driving recklessly through downtown, driving over several signs and damaging other property as he fled from police, the report stated.

BPD did not pursue the man any further because of his dangerous driving and the incident was passed along to Illinois State Police who spotted the stolen car on Interstate 74. The state police discontinued their following after a period of time, the report stated.

Hours later the man was arrested in Peoria by the Peoria Police Department and eventually transferred to McLean County Jail. 

The man was arrested for aggravated fleeing, eluding an officer, manufacture and distributing a look-alike substance, obstructing justice, reckless driving, driving on suspended license and possession of a stolen vehicle.

No parties were injured during the incident.

GRACE BARBIC is the News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at mgbarbi@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @gracebarbic

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