Metro-East News

Two men at large after Columbia police chase

Columbia police say they are searching for two men who fled from police after officers attempted to pull over the stolen SUV they were driving Tuesday.

Initially, a resident called Columbia dispatch to report the white SUV with three men inside acting suspiciously in the 300 block of Bradington Drive. The caller told police one of the men was jumping out of the car and entering unlocked cars.

When officers attempted to pull over the SUV near the Taco Bell on Veterans Parkway, police say, the men fled south on Admiral Parkway.

Police chased the car to Illinois 3 and Kaskaskia Road just south of Waterloo; at that point officers lost contact with the vehicle. They later found the white SUV abandoned in the Oak Valley subdivision south of Waterloo.

A Columbia K-9 officer found Marquis Spates in a corn field nearby. The other two men were still at large as of Wednesday morning.

Spates was charged with being a fugitive, criminal trespassing to a motor vehicle and obstructing justice. He also faces an earlier St. Louis County warrant alleging he tampered with a motor vehicle.

The SUV was stolen in Missouri.

Agencies that assisted Columbia police included Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Waterloo Police Department and Illinois State Police.