A Missouri man escaped handcuffed from the back of an ambulance early Thursday morning and remains on the loose, according to Illinois State Police.
It was 1 a.m. when an Illinois State Police trooper pulled over a car for a traffic violation on Illinois 3 and Broadway in Venice, ISP spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said.
During the stop, the trooper discovered the passenger of the car was being not being truthful about his identity.
The trooper went to put the handcuffs on the man, and a brief struggle ensued. Venice police arrived to assist with the stop and managed to use a Taser on the man, who fell to the ground.
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Illinois State Police protocols required troopers cuff the suspect, pull out the Taser prongs, place them in evidence bags, then transport the suspect to the hospital, Dye said. Following procedures, the trooper cuffed the man and called for an ambulance.
“It was a very dangerous situation. We are very glad Venice police were in the area and heard the trooper call out the stop and drove to the location to assist,” Dye said.
The suspect’s true identity was discovered. He was identified as Sean Micheal Edgeston, 27, of St. Peters, Missouri.
The ambulance arrived. Edgeston was loaded, handcuffed, in the back and strapped to a gurney. Emergency medical technicians drove toward Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, but as they were parking, they heard the sound of the gurney straps being loosened, Dye said. Edgeston bolted from the gurney, jumped out of the back door and ran around the corner of the southwestern side of the emergency room.
Tracking dogs were brought in, Dye said. Officers from Glen Carbon, Granite City, Madison, Venice and State police tried to find Edgeston. Their efforts have yet been unsuccessful.
There was a report that a witness spotted a man in handcuffs getting into a truck near the hospital, but Dye said officers haven’t confirmed that. Police later learned that the driver of the car had a gun.
A criminal background check revealed Edgeston was wanted in St. Charles County on charges of fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest.
Anyone with information on Edgeston’s whereabouts is asked to call Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990.