Danville man faces multiple charges after less-than-routine traffic stop

Published 6:01 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2022

On Sunday July 3 at 11:30 p.m., a Danville Police officer attempted to traffic stop a speeding vehicle traveling southbound on the Danville Bypass approaching Man-O-War Blvd.

The vehicle was clocked at 92 mph in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle failed to yield to the officer’s emergency equipment and attempted to evade the officer. The vehicle turned into the fairgrounds, proceeding through Millennium Park before exiting onto Cunningham Drive. Once on Cunningham Drive the Chevrolet Caprice crossed Perryville Road and onto Beech Street. Officers continued to pursue before the vehicle came to a stop in an alleyway near Beech Street and W. Walnut Steet.

The operator exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers set up a perimeter in the area and determined the driver, Edward Davidson, 38, of Danville had entered his residence on Sycamore Street. Once the home was surrounded, Davidson complied with officers and exited the residence. Davidson was taken into custody without incident.

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Davidson was charged with the following offenses: Speeding, Operating on a Suspended Driver License, Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle), Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree (On Foot), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Reckless Driving and Disregarding a Stop Sign. During the pursuit, Davidson refused to pull over and allow the uninvolved female passenger to exit. Davidson was charged additionally with unlawful imprisonment.