Suspect flees vehicle, jumps off bridge during Brooklyn, Ill. police chase

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 4:41 PM

(KMOV.com)  -- Authorities are looking for a suspect who fled from Brooklyn, Ill. police on Wednesday, continuing a trend the department has seen several times over the past few weeks.

According to police, Brooklyn police attempted to make a traffic stop Wednesday morning, but the suspect kept going. Police then put down spike strips, but the suspect drove over them.

The suspect’s tires went flat once his vehicle got onto the McKinley Bridge. That’s when police say the suspect jumped out of his car, ran to the Missouri side of the bridge and jumped off into a grassy area.

Police say they were able to identify the suspect because he left his friend in the car.

Similar incidents have plagued the Brooklyn Police Department since the beginning of May.

On May 12, a driver hit a Brooklyn officer after a routine traffic stop and then led the officer on a high-speed chase. Two days later, another driver sped away after an officer tried to stop him. He then hit a police car that tried to join in on the chase.

In May, Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson said the city had been averaging 10 chases per week.

 

To address the problem, the department bought strip spikes, which they have had to use 10 to 12 times in the past two weeks.

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