UPDATE: Clinton County authorities searching for subject, warn residents to not make contact with man

CLINTON COUNTY — Authorities in Clinton County have located a subject they had earlier warned residents to not make contact with if seen, after he had fled on foot from a one-car crash just east of New Baden that sent two other occupants of the vehicle to the hospital with injuries.

Numerous agencies were searching the area for the subject, an alert described a subject as a black male with a beard, wearing a gray shirt and gray pants.

The incident reportedly started with a police pursuit of a red Pontiac Sunbird Thursday that resulted in the Pontiac leaving the road and crashing into a cornfield near the intersection of Illinois Route 160 and Illinois Route 161.

A Clinton County Sheriff’s deputy reportedly noticed the occupants of the Sunfire possibly involved in a burglary or similar activity. After initially losing sight of the vehicle, the deputy ultimately located the vehicle again around 5 p.m. and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver reportedly pulled onto Illinois 161 from Tank Road and sped west.

The vehicle subsequently left the roadway, hit a ditch and overturned several times before coming to rest in a cornfield. Two occupants were injured, with one being ejected from the vehicle. One of the injured was airlifted to the hospital and the other was transported from the scene by ambulance.

A third subject, believed to be 34-year-old Everist Loment Donald, fled the scene on foot and numerous agencies became involved in a nearly two hour search to locate him. Donald was taken to the Clinton County Jail for alleged fleeing police and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death.

The names of those injured have not yet been released.

The crash resulted in a portion of westbound Route 161 being blocked for about an hour. New Baden Police Department and Clin-Clair Fire Protection District assisted the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office with the crash scene and the search.