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A man was arrested Tuesday after he attempted to flee police by driving through Herrin City Cemetery, running over three gravestones and eventually getting his vehicle stuck on one of them.

According to a news release from Herrin Police Department, Darian M. Richardson, 37, was arrested following the chase and faces several charges.

The release states a Herrin patrolman had just completed escorting a funeral procession to the Herrin Cemetery at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday when he noticed Richardson driving 20 mph more than the posted speed limit. The patrolman attempted to stop Richardson, and Richardson fled into the cemetery.

The road in the cemetery was blocked by the cars from the funeral procession, so Richardson drove through grave sites in his attempt to escape the officer. Richardson drove his car into three above-ground headstones, was caught by the officer and arrested after his car got stuck on the base of a headstone.

Richardson was charged with speeding, illegal transportation of alcohol, aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer, resisting/obstructing a peace officer, criminal damage to government supported property and three counts of criminal damage to property.

— The Southern


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