Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Driver Who Hit Illinois Conservation Officer Arrested after Bi- State Chase, Authorities Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Driver Who Hit Illinois Conservation Officer Arrested after Bi- State Chase, Authorities Say

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Police say they have arrested a suspect who led police on a bistate car chase after hitting an Illinois Department of Conservation police officer near Litchfield.

The chase went on for about 60 miles, ending about 11:45 a.m. in north St. Louis County. A man, 32, is in custody.

The conservation officer, Matt Lentz, was taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to Chris Young, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Lentz was diagnosed with a leg and ankle strain and later released.

The conservation officer had been trying to check a man's fishing license at Lake Lou Yaeger when the man gave information that didn't match up. The man then started his 2012 Mazda, put it in reverse and backed up. The car's door knocked Lentz to the ground, Young said.

Lentz called in a description of the vehicle to the Illinois State Police. …

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