Local News

Early Thursday Morning, the Taylorville Police were advised of a stranded motorist on Route 29 near the prison. Officers responded and learned that the vehicle, driven by Rainie D. Payne of Columbia, IL, had been reported stolen. Subsequent to investigation, Payne was arrested and charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Driving under the Influence, Driving on a Suspended License, and issued citations for improper lane usage and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Three hours later, Taylorville Police responded to a one vehicle crash involving Payne. She was traveling northbound on Route 29 when she lost control of her vehicle and left the roadway. Her vehicle began spinning and struck the ditch with the rear wheel. Payne was able to get out of the ditch and continued another 1/8th of a mile before having her car die. Payne was treated for minor injuries at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

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