JCSO deputy suffers minor injury in car and foot chase

JEFFERSON COUNTY — According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a 25-year-old Tennessee man is in the county jail after he took deputies on a car and foot chase.

Jacob Ryan Johnson (Source: JCSO)
Jacob Ryan Johnson
(Source: JCSO)

An Illinois State trooper reported that around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jacob Ryan Johnson was reportedly traveling through a construction zone when he almost hit him head on.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area and saw the car on Highway 37 near Bunny Farm Road. Johnson reportedly fled down Van Buren Road, driving through bean fields and ditches at a high rate of speed.

Johnson was able to get back on Highway 37, but due to damage to his vehicle was forced to stop near Nolen road where he fled on foot. Deputies gave chase and quickly took Johnson into custody.

He was transported to the Jefferson County Jail for alleged fleeing and eluding, resisting a peace officer, possession of s tolen vehicle, and on an outstanding federal warrant from the U.S. Marshal Service. Johnson has no bond.

According to Chief Deputy Clint Taylor, during the foot chase one deputy suffered a minor leg injury that will require him to be off work for at least a week.

ISP, along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Mt. Vernon Police Department worked in cooperation to apprehend Johnson.