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Illinois Man Arrested Following Manhunt In Wabash County, Illinois

Ashton Harper faces charges from both Wayne and Wabash Counties.

Posted: Jun 15, 2021 7:16 AM

A Mt. Vernon, Illinois man remains in Wabash County Jail after a multi-law enforcement manhunt Monday.

Wabash County Sheriff's Office said 27-year-old Ashton Harper faces charges following a police chase in Mt. Carmel.

After 4:30pm Monday night, Illinois State Police sent out a notice on Harper, stating they believed he had a stolen vehicle and a shotgun near Grayville in Edwards County.

Mt. Carmel Police observed the vehicle after 5PM.  A police chase involving Mt. Carmel Police and Wabash County Sheriff's took place though several streets, and then several fields and tree lines.  The car came to a stop next to a shed, with Harper taking off on foot.

Multiple law enforcement agencies looked for Harper, who was captured in Lawrence County by Illinois State Police after 9PM.

Harper had a warrant out of Wayne County for a stolen vehicle along with charges from the chase. 

Wabash County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the incident.

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