A 31-year-old St. Louis man was arrested in connection to a stolen vehicle that crashed on Interstate 44 Wednesday. 

Two residents notified the Franklin County Sheriff’s office Wednesday stating a man matching the description of the suspect was seen walking in the area of Springfield Road near Anaconda at 2:15 p.m.

Deputies, state troopers and St. Clair police responded to the area and arrested the suspect without incident.

The man’s name has not been released pending formal charges.

Earlier story:

A suspected car thief fled on foot from authorities Wednesday after crashing the vehicle near Interstate 44 west of St. Clair.

According to the Franklin Sheriff’s office, a silver Lexus SUV driven at a high rate of speed with no license plates passed a Franklin County detective driving westbound on I-44 near the 236 mile marker at 7:40 a.m.

The detective attempted to catch up to the vehicle and activated the emergency lights at the rest area. The vehicle passed a tractor-trailer on the left of I-44 and crossed over onto the South Service Road while still traveling westbound.

The suspect lost control of the vehicle and rolled the SUV that came to rest on the shoulder of I-44, authorities said.

As the detective reached the accident scene, the driver had already fled on foot into a wooded area.

The driver is described as a white male wearing a black shirt, camouflage pants and possibly carrying a grey hooded sweatshirt, according to the sheriff’s office.

The vehicle was reported stolen from Manchester. This investigation is on-going.