It was an eventful first day on the job for four Illinois State Police Troopers who helped take an alleged vehicle hijacker into custody. Troopers Matthew Giamanco, Blake Kerzich, Timothy Kuchynka and Sean Martinez were only hours into their first day of service on May 4th when they were called on to assist with an arrest.
As WCSJ previously reported, Illinois State Police officers responded to the scene of a two-unit personal injury crash at Interstate 55 northbound south of Gorman Road at 7:15 a.m. on May 4th. Upon arrival, ISP Troopers observed a crashed passenger vehicle and a crashed truck tractor semi-trailer. Officers learned that after the crash involving the passenger vehicle and the truck tractor semi-trailer occurred, a vehicle occupied by two males, stopped to assist after witnessing the crash occur.
The driver of the crashed passenger vehicle, later identified as Wanyae Massey then displayed a firearm and took control of the vehicle, who had stopped to assist after witnessing the traffic crash, before fleeing the scene. ISP Troopers located the stolen vehicle traveling on Interstate 55 northbound south of Arsenal Road and attempted to conduct a traffic stop; after Massey refused to stop, a pursuit ensued.
The pursuit ended after the vehicle crashed at the intersection of Blodgett Avenue and County Line Road in Wilmington. After Massey fled the scene on foot ISP officers, including the four newly commissioned troopers, took him into custody at the Harbor Side Marina. The driver of the truck tractor semi-trailer was transported to a local area hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash.
The occupants of the stolen vehicle did not sustain any injuries. Massey also did not require any medical attention. Massey remains in the Grundy County Jail.