Identity of man killed after chase with Granite City police is released

A high-speed chase from Granite City Police ended with a fatal crash Thursday night.

The Madison County Coroner’s office identified the man as Gerald D. Lewallen III, 22, of Pontoon Beach.

Police say officers saw Lewallen driving a purple Dodge Ram pickup truck southbound on Illinois 3 at a high-rate of speed at about 8:05 p.m. then refused to pull over.

The officers gave up on the chase, due to the speed and reckless way Lewallen was operating the vehicle, police said. A short time later, Lewallen was involved in a single-vehicle crash at Niedringhaus Road, near 16th Street. The Madison County Coroner’s office pronounced Lewallen dead at the scene.

According to Illinois State Police, Lewallen’s truck was traveling east on Niedringhaus Road just east of Walnut Street at the time of the crash. He crossed into the westbound lane and over corrected to the right. The pickup truck subsequently struck a metal and brick support fence surrounding a rail yard.

The crash is being investigated by Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Coroner Steve Nonn said an autopsy is scheduled to help determine the cause of death. Routine toxicological testing will be performed for the presence of drugs and alcohol, he said.