RANDOLPH COUNTY — Authorities are searching for a 34-year-old man allegedly involved in a Friday night pursuit and crash that resulted in the death of a 22-year-old Chester police officer.
According to reports, around 10 p.m. Friday, Chester police officers attempted to pull over a 2006 red Pontiac G6, bearing license plate number Z121833.
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Jason Michael Stoker, he’s described as 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighing approximately 155 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Stoker allegedly failed to pull over for the Chester officers and a pursuit followed. During the pursuit, a vehicle crash occurred, resulting in Chester Police Officer James Brockmeyer being fatally injured. Brockmeyer had served with the Chester Police Department for only 10 months. He is survived by his parents and sister.
An warrant has been issued for Stoker’s arrest for Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding. Additional charges are likely. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jason Michael Stoker is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency, or the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office at 618-826-5484.
Anyone found to be concealing the whereabouts, or assisting Mr. Stoker in any way evading justice, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
No further details are being released regarding the incident as this is an active investigation, and as to not jeopardize any prosecution of the accused.