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Police say this man almost hit a sheriff while smoking from a pipe. Then it got worse.

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A man was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department this week after almost hitting a squad car while allegedly smoking from a glass pipe, police say.

Matthew A. Hedtkamp, 32 of Marissa, was arrested Aug. 27, after members of the sheriff’s departments Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit attempted to make a traffic stop on a red Dodge Avenger. Police say Hedtkamp fled north on Illinois 3 where he struck a vehicle at the intersection of Illinois 3 and Bottom Road in Columbia.

Police say he then left the scene of the accident and continued driving north to Interstate 255 where he traveled across the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. Police terminated their pursuit at that time.

Sheriff Neal Rohlfing said in a press release it is believed Hedtkamp stole the vehicle from Marissa.

He was later arrested by St. Louis County Police and is currently being held in St. Louis.

Monroe County States Attorney’s Office issued warrants for aggravated fleeing and eluding and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. He was issued a $50,000 bond and is to be extradited from Missouri.

Kavahn Mansouri covers government accountability for the Belleville News-Democrat, holding officials and institutions accountable and tracking how taxpayer money is spent.
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