Chase with Cambria Police Leads to Crash on Elkville Blacktop

CAMBRIA – A chase involving Cambria Police and a stolen vehicle ended with the driver of the stolen vehicle crashing into another vehicle pulling a trailer with a piece of farm equipment attached to it on Elkville Blacktop at Illinois 149 shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Illinois State Police (ISP), a Cambria police officer attempted to stop 26-year-old Derverz J. Thomas, who was driving a stolen 2016 Jeep Wrangler from Carbondale northbound on Illinois 149 just south of Elkville Blacktop. Thomas failed to stop for the officer.

Another vehicle, a 2005 Ford F350 pulling a farm trailer with a combine head attached, driven by 38-year-old John W. Chamness, Jr. of Royalton, was stopped on Elkville Blacktop eastbound at the intersection of Illinois 149.

Thomas failed to maneuver a curve and left the roadway. His vehicle traveled across a grassy field before striking an embankment. The vehicle became airborne and struck Chamness’ trailer. Thomas’ vehicle and the combine head came to rest in a grassy area on the north side of Elkville Blacktop Rd.

Thomas suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to an area hospital. Chamness refused medical attention.

ISP continues to investigate the incident. The Cambria Police Department is investigating the pursuit. Criminal charges may be pending according to ISP.