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Fairview shoplifter attempts to steal car when fleeing from police, is run over by driver, police say

A Swansea man was run over by the driver of a car he was attempting to steal while fleeing from Fairview Heights police on Saturday, police say.

Kohl’s department store security apprehended Macus E. Stewart, 45, at around 6 p.m. Saturday for shoplifting, police say. When police arrived at the store, Stewart resisted arrest and fled the store after police made a failed attempt to use a stun gun on him.

In the parking lot, Stewart tried to forcefully open the door of an occupied car, attempting to steal it, police say. The driver started driving away, causing Steward to be dragged a short distance. Stewart fell to the ground and the car’s rear tires ran over his legs.

When officers reached him, Stewart started running away again and resisted arrest, police say. He was eventually arrested and taken to the Fairview Heights Police Department after police determined he was uninjured from the incident.

On Monday, Stewart was charged with attempted vehicular invasion, felony escape from a police officer, retail theft and resisting a police officer.

Stewart was being held at St. Clair County Jail as of Monday afternoon with a bail of $100,000.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6