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A high speed chase travels through Washington and Perry Counties

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Scott Rodgerson

A Belleville man faces numerous charges after leading police on a high speed chase Friday night that ended in Perry County.

The Nashville Police Department reports 45-year-old Michael Oliver already had longstanding warrants out of St. Clair County for domestic battery, unlawful restraint and kidnapping.

A Nashville Police officer was traveling south on Route 127 late Friday night when a SUV driven by Oliver passed him at a high rate of speed.

As the officer tried to stop Oliver, he accelerated, forcing police to wait for him in town with stop sticks. They did not work.

The SUV continued southbound out of Nashville at speeds of over 100 mph.

Nashville Police notifed Perry County authorities and a Pinckneyville PD officer set up stop sticks at the north end of town.

This time the stop sticks deflated one of the front tires. Oliver continued driving recklessly through Pinckneyville, even driving through the courthouse lawn.

That's when a Perry County Sheriff's Deputy rammed the vehicle, finally stopping it.

Oliver quickly exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured a short time later.

Oliver now faces numerous charges from the Nashville Police Department with more pending charges from the Perry County Sheriff's Department.

No one was injured in the incident.

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