Carmi Man Jailed After Police Chase

(CARMI, IL) — A Carmi man is being held in the White County Jail on $150,000 bond after leading the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office on a chase Thursday night. Officials in Hamilton County say 37-year-old Eric L. Hall faces a number of charges including fleeing a peace officer, motor vehicle theft, home invasion and criminal damage to property. In addition, he faces charges of criminal trespassing. Deputies say a taser had to be used to take Hall into custody after he allegedly refused to get out of the vehicle they say he allegedly stole. The sheriff’s office says they learned about a vehicle that had been stolen around 10:30 p.m. from Rube’s Liquor Locker near McLeansboro and was last seen on Belle Prairie Road. Shortly after, a call came in reporting a vehicle on fire at the intersection. Immediately after that call, State Police were notified by an area resident that an unknown person was trying to get inside her home. By the time deputies arrived, they found a white Ford SUV in the driveway which sped away on a trail into nearby woods. Deputies pursued until the vehicle crashed into some trees. Officials say the first vehicle Hall stole came from the Hamilton County Housing Authority in McLeansboro and then allegedly drove to Rube’s Liquor Locker. That’s where Hall stole a second vehicle there and reportedly crashed it before going to the home of Sue Johnson of Belle Prairie. Officials say he allegedly broke several windows there to get into the garage and plundered through a pickup and refrigerator before he got inside Johnson’s Ford Explorer when he subsequently drove through the closed garage door and into the driveway where deputies first were able to observe Hall prior to the chase leading to his arrest.