FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS (KMOV) – A suspect was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly stealing a vehicle and leading police on a pursuit in St. Clair County.
Police were called by a resident of Veach Drive in Fairview Heights who reported his vehicle had been stolen out of his driveway.
When officers arrived on the scene, the victim reported he’d heard the engine to his vehicle start and immediately went to a window to investigate. That is when the victim reported he saw his 2004 Dodge Neon SRT driving away.
According to police, the description of the vehicle was immediately broadcasted to surrounding agencies.
A St. Clair County Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle a short time later, still occupied by the suspect, at the intersection of Highway 161 and Highway 159.
The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the suspect refused to pull over, leading police on a chase for several blocks officers said.
According to police, the suspect lost control of the stolen vehicle after hitting the curb of the center median and traveled into an embankment near the Swansea Police Department.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Deputy and responding officers took the suspect into custody.
The suspect, who has not been named, suffered minor injuries as a result of the accident. He was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and later released.
The suspect is currently in custody at the St. Clair County Jail.
Following the arrest, police determined the suspect was involved in five other car break-ins in Fairview Heights within the Veach Drive area.
According to police, several victims reported the incident after the suspect’s arrest and provided descriptions of missing items that matched items recovered in the stolen vehicle at the time of the arrest.
The Metro East Auto Theft Taskforce has assumed this case and is currently seeking charges against the suspect.
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