A Virden man is in jail and a 16-year-old female passenger from Litchfield was injured in a motorcycle chase in Taylor Springs that began at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Aaron Damm, 48, of Virden was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, child endangerment, no taillights, no registration, no motorcycle classification on driver's license, and operating an uninsured vehicle. He was also arrested on two outstanding warrants, one on a pending felony meth charge in Montgomery County and the other on a meth conviction in Macoupin County.
The 16-year-old Litchfield female, a passenger on the motorcycle, was taken to Hillsboro Area Hospital by a Litchfield ambulance after she fell off the cycle during the chase, according to the Taylor Springs Police Department.
The chase began when Taylor Springs police attempted to stop the motorcycle on Montgomery Street next to Weiss Power Equipment. Instead, the cycle ran a stop sign at East and Montgomery, traveled north on East Street to Seyborn Avenue, ran the stop sign, and fled west on Seyborn running another stop sign at Broadway.
Police said the cyclist nearly lost control making the curve south onto West Street before continuing south to the main gates of the old Asarco plant. There, the motorcycle sideswiped a tree, knocking the female passenger off the back of the bike.
The cyclist, though, continued north on Broadway, turned onto Main Street, then turned north onto Illinois by Cobetto's Tap to avoid a road block set up by the Hillsboro Police Department. With both departments in pursuit, the cyclist drove through a yard and garden to get to Spring Street, made the curve right onto Montgomery, and ran into the back of a Hillsboro squad car at Montgomery and Park where the chase ended.
Damm was taken by Hillsboro Area Ambulance Service to Hillsboro Area Hospital where he was treated and released, then transported to Montgomery County Jail.