Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke announced Tuesday that on Monday, April 12, after deliberating for 10 minutes, a Shelby County jury found Brian M. Mahnke of Pana guilty of the offense of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, a Class 4 felony.
Mahnke failed to appear in court and the trial proceeded in his absence.
On August 2, 2019, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Mahnke, whose license was suspended. Mahnke fled from the deputy, reaching speeds greater than 80 mph and disobeying four stop signs in Shelbyville.
The vehicle traveled into Pana and was lost north of Oconee. A female passenger attempted to exit the vehicle several times during the thirty-five minute pursuit, without success.
Once the vehicle ran out of gas, the passenger called the police to report that Mahnke had fled on foot. Mahnke was arrested more than two months later on an arrest warrant issued on this case.
Mahnke will be sentenced on June 23, 2021. He faces up to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.