The Peoria Police Department is investigating a car crash involving a stolen car that happened shortly after 8 p.m. on Wednesday near the intersection of University and Main Streets, adjacent to Bradley’s campus.
According to Peoria Police, officers responded to a call of a car being hijacked on the 1400 block of N. Ellis St. The victim said that he was approached by two males, one of them being armed with a handgun, who ended up stealing his car. Shortly afterwards, officers noticed the stolen car near the 1700 block of Great Oak Road and pursued the vehicle, which was traveling at high speeds.
The car then collided with another car at the intersection of University and Main. Four juveniles were inside of the stolen car and fled before being apprehended shortly afterwards by Peoria Police officers.
Video captured by a Bradley student showed at least one person involved in the crash fleeing on foot near Campustown Shopping Center and University Street.
An 18-year-old male, identified as Sentaries R. Farmer, was arrested for Vehicular Hijacking, Aggravated Assault, and resisting police. The other three passengers in the car, a 12-year-old male and two 13-year old males were arrested for multiple offenses.
One car sustained heavy front end damage, including losing a tire, and the other car sustained heavy damage to its side and came to rest on a short ledge outside of One World Cafe. No immediately noticeable damage to the restaurant was noted.
Two Bradley-affiliated people were traveling in the car that was crashed into, but neither sustained significant injuries.