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Car, then foot chase ends with arrest of East St. Louis man

Aza K. Thompson
Aza K. Thompson

An East St. Louis man was arrested on Sunday and faces multiple charges stemming from a chase with Caseyville police on Friday.

Police say Aza K. Thompson fled from a traffic stop when officers pulled him over for not having a front registration plate. During the stop, police learned Thompson had a revoked license. When asked to step out of the vehicle, police say Thompson refused and drove away, striking a patrol car and narrowly missing an officer.

After a short chase with police, Thompson crashed his car and began running, but was ultimately taken into custody by officers. A search of his car yielded a handgun, police say.

The St. Clair County State Attorney’s Office charged Thompson with one charge of felon in possession of a firearm while on parole and two charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding police.

Thompson’s bail is set at $100,000.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic