Salem Man is Arresred for Auto Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement!
On October 9, 2018, at approximately 9:42 am, Deputy Abby Powers was sent to take a stolen vehicle report at Casey’s General Store in Pekin. Shortly thereafter, the Sheriff’s Department received a phone call from MJ Auto Sales regarding a customer, who was causing a disturbance. Deputy Nathan Maudlin was in the area looking for the stolen vehicle from Casey’s and responded to MJ Auto.
Deputy Maudlin arrived at MJ Auto and found the vehicle, which had been stolen from Casey’s. Deputy Maudlin was advised that the customer that was causing a disturbance had demanded to test drive a maroon colored Camaro and had left the area, traveling west on State Road 60.
Chief Deputy Brent Miller and Deputy Ryan Larrimore were traveling towards Pekin, when they observed the maroon Camaro traveling west on State Road 60, near Motsinger Road. Deputies Larrimore and Miller made a felony traffic stop on the vehicle after a short pursuit, which ended on Old State Road 60.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Michael S. Kemper, age 37 of Salem. Kemper was arrested and charged with one count of Auto Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement, using a vehicle to flee.
Pekin Town Marshal Jeff Thomas assisted with the investigation.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.