by Dana Gray
A chase that began on Bay Street Sunday night is still going on today.
A man who first fled law enforcement in a car continued his flight on foot after he had an accident near the state police barracks on Route 5. As of this morning, the man's identity and his whereabouts are still unknown.
Officer Mark Jenks of the St. Johnsbury Police Department began his pursuit of the man after he noticed a Toyota car pulling in behind the Norcross Office Equipment off Bay Street. The car quickly emerged from the area behind the building and reportedly just missed the police cruiser Jenks was driving.
As he pursued the vehicle south on Bay Street, Jenks noted the Toyota to be moving as fast as 60 mph.
The car did not stop at the stop sign at Bay Street, South Main Street and Route 5. It continued reaching speeds of 80 mph.
When it got to the downhill curve of Route 5 just south of the police barracks, the car fishtailed and struck the guardrail twice before hitting a 1997 Ford Escort driven by Richard Dane of Lyndonville. Dane was not injured. Once the Toyota came to rest, the driver jumped from the vehicle and took off over the bank toward the Passumpsic River.
The state police offered assistance in the search for the driver.
A passenger in the Toyota, Wayne Rocheleau, 25, complained of shoulder pain and was taken to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.
The missing driver of the Toyota was wearing a gray shirt. He has a slender build, dark hair and a moustache.
Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the police department or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 748-2222.