Illinois State Police made a traffic stop Friday afternoon in East St. Louis, discovered the man was wanted and he ran away.
Police are asking the public to avoid the area near First Street and St. Clair Avenue as they search for the suspect, said Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. The manhunt was underway as the evening rush hour was beginning.
The motorist was not identified. Dye said an ISP trooper made a traffic stop on Interstate 70 just before the Veterans-Musial Bridge on the westbound lanes. After the trooper obtained information that identified the driver, he went to his vehicle to run his name.
According to Fox 2 Now, a child was in the car when the traffic stop was initiated and has since been reunited with family, unharmed.
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“He learned the driver had an outstanding warrant. And, he went back to the driver’s car to arrest him. The man jumped out of the car and fled toward the area of First Street and St. Clair Avenue, Dye said.
The car was stopped at 3:24 p.m.
Dye said the man should be considered armed and dangerous. He said the suspect is known to have exchanged gunfire with police in the past.
“We want motorist to stay away from the area of First and St. Clair so we can do our job and for the safety of the public,” Dye said.