The Pana Police Department has released information for a traffic accident involving a Pana Police vehicle during a call to request the Nokomis Police Department with a fleeing vehicle.
Nokomis officers were attempting to stop a vehicle for a possible DUI with expired registration plates. The vehicle was seen traveling east in the westbound lanes on IL Route 16 and had refused to stop to emergency vehciles from Nokomis towards Pana.
Two Pana officers responded to a call for assistance from the Nokomis Police Department, and were positioned to assist with the chase and activated their emergency overhead lights as the vehicle was seen approaching with a Nokomis Squad car behind the vehicle. As the vehicle approached, no apparent attempts were made to stop, yield, or merge to avoid a crash, and the fleeing vehicle struck the Pana Squad car.
The fleeing vehicle burst into flames after striking the Pana Squad car as it came to a stop on the edge of the roadway. The driver of the fleeing vehicle, Brylan A. Speer and a juvenile passenger were removed from the vehicle by officers on scene, secured, and transported to Pana Community Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Pana officer whos vehicle was struck was also transported to Pana community hospital for non-life threatening injuries. All parties were later released.