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DECATUR – A driver who fled police at speeds of up to 90mph across town has escaped after officers said they broke off the pursuit for safety reasons.

But the 26-year-old driver was not meant to go far, and within 48 hours he was under arrest.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police said the chase took place on the night of March 7 after members of the police Community Action Team recognized the driver, spotted him driving get into a car and knew he didn’t have a valid license.

Police said he took off after trying to stop him at the intersection of 16th and Clay streets. Officer Jacob Stewart, who signed the affidavit, said the chase reached speeds of 70mph on Cantrell Street and 85mph on Jasper Street. The driver then turned north on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when his speed accelerated to 90 mph before Stewart said officers called off the pursuit for safety reasons.

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“(The driver) continued to drive heedless of innocent motorists on one of the busiest streets in the city,” Stewart added.

He said police found him March 9 at an address on East Whitmer Street and he was under arrest at 1:30 p.m. Bail set at $75,000.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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