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Driver of stolen car, 16, hits six vehicles in O’Fallon then crashes in East St. Louis

The 16-year-old driver of a Toyota Corolla reported stolen in Smithton sideswiped six vehicles in O’Fallon as he fled police Tuesday night time, then ended up crashing in East St. Louis, the place he and three passengers have been arrested and an AR-style gun was recovered, police stated.

The driver is anticipated to face costs in juvenile courtroom however the three passengers are anticipated to be launched to their dad and mom, in accordance Capt. Matt Jany the Metro East Auto Task Force, which is main the investigation. Two of the passengers are juveniles and one is eighteen.

The suspect’s title was not launched resulting from his age.

It all began with the theft of a 2019 Toyota Corolla in Smithton, the place automobile burglaries additionally have been reported. The 16-year-old driver pf the stolen automotive is linked to these burglaries, Jany stated.

Smithton Police Chief Jason Neff stated the Corolla was stolen early Tuesday and the division additionally acquired experiences of about six automobile burglaries that occurred early Tuesday.

Officers with the Metro East Auto Task Force looked for the automotive on Tuesday however didn’t discover it.

A St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department deputy noticed the stolen Toyota at about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday on Lebanon Avenue in Belleville, Jany stated. A pursuit that additionally concerned the Shiloh Police Department was launched however finally was terminated as a result of of security considerations, he stated.

The stolen automotive hit six vehicles at about 7 p.m. on eastbound U.S. 50 the place they have been stopped at Hartman Lane, stated Lt. Patrick Feldhake of the O’Fallon Police Department. Feldhake, who stated O’Fallon officers weren’t half of the pursuit, stated the stolen automotive headed to westbound Interstate 64 after putting the vehicles on U.S. 50. No accidents have been reported in the O’Fallon crashes.

Shortly after 7 p.m. the stolen automotive crashed in the world of North twenty fifth Street and the westbound I-64 exit ramp in East St. Louis, Jany stated.

The Toyota was broken in the crash and Jany didn’t know if the automotive could possibly be repaired or thought of a complete loss.

Multiple businesses assisted in this case, together with Illinois State Police and the Washington Park Police Department on the crash scene in East St. Louis, Jany stated.

The Metro East Auto Theft Task Force has 12 officers they usually work in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties.

Between January 2019 and March of this yr, the power recovered over 2,400 stolen vehicles. Jany stated some of the vehicles have been recovered in Missouri and a few of the vehicles have been stolen in Missouri however recovered in the metro-east.

Jany reminds residents to maintain their vehicles locked. He stated automobile burglars are normally focusing on two issues: “They’re looking for keys and guns.”

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