A man has been charged in connection with stabbing a Swansea woman and leading police on a high speed pursuit into Clinton County Thursday afternoon.
Dwight Donnell Long, 61, was charged by the St. Clair County State's Attorney with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and violating an order of protection and is accused of attacking and stabbing his estranged wife. The attack happened in the 3900 block of North Illinois Street Thursday. A 911 call reporting the stabbing was received by Swansea Police at 2:43 p.m. and witnesses told police they saw the suspect flee in a vehicle with Minnesota license plates, according to the police report.
Investigators learned the stabbing was the result of an ongoing domestic issue between Long and his estranged wife.
A Swansea Police officer spotted Long turn onto Frank Scott Parkway from North Illinois street and attempted to stop the vehicle. Long refused to stop and instead led police on a pursuit that ended on Interstate 64 near New Baden where Long was taken in to custody. The Illinois State Police, Shiloh Police Department and New Baden Police Department all assisted.
The victim was taken to a St. Louis hospital for treatment where she remains. Long was taken to a Belleville Hospital for treatment of a self-inflicted injury that occurred prior to his arrest, according to police.
Long's bail was set at $750,000 and he remains in custody.