“As soon as I came around the corner, he took off at a high rate of speed,” the officer said, and continued from the lot onto I-75 South — still with no headlights. Steffano said he began pursuing the car, which reached speeds of 117 mph before it briefly exited and then re-entered the interstate.
The driver tossed several items from the car — including articles of clothing — before launching the paint can just before the first Vandalia exit off the interstate.
Steffano said tape covered the rear license tag, but he could see the numbers and not the state.
The officer said he was able to slow down and get off the interstate without crashing.
“We’ve got a couple of leads we’re going on,” Steffano said.
Back at the hotel parking lot, Steffano said police found trash the driver apparently left where the car had been parked. Among the trash found was a cellphone bill.
“I don’t know if it belongs to him, but we’re going to find out,” Steffano said.
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