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Comically stupid criminals keep us busy this week

by Mark Schnyder

KMOV.com

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 8:45 AM

(KMOV) -- On Thursday morning, I covered the escape from the Washington Park, IL police lock up of a carjacking suspect who had not been charged.  Police caught him minutes later and he now faces another felony for escape. 

The thing is, the guy took off after being in custody 46 hours.  Had he waited two more hours there's a good chance he would have been freed by police since they can only keep someone 48 hours without charging them with a crime.  Wow.

I got another "wow" Friday morning where a man was pulled over for speeding in East Alton.  Instead of dealing with the reality of a traffic ticket, he takes off.  Ends up going more than 100 miles an hour down an eight to ten mile stretch of Highway 143 into Alton.  He finally stops and runs behind a bush where he's quickly caught.  Now HE faces felony charges, too for evading police.

Turns out he had prior warrants against him, but is it really worth risking lives, including ones own when there's almost no chance of avoiding arrest anyway? 

Guess we'd have to ask the young men who do these stupid things.  I haven't had the pleasure.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.

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