Authorities are looking the man who stole a car from a Sullivan business Monday, crashed the vehicle twice and then fled on foot.
According to Sullivan police, a man parked his 2002 Ford Escape, running and unlocked, in the parking lot of Fas-Trip located on Springfield Road at 6:15 p.m.
When the victim left the store he saw a white male getting into the car. As the victim began running toward the car the suspect quickly drove away from the business toward Interstate 44. The victim did not recognize the suspect, police said.
The suspect then crashed the victim’s car into another vehicle on an overpass over I-44. The occupants of the vehicle that had been struck were not injured and contacted 911 as they began following the stolen vehicle east on I-44.
Sullivan police contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s office and requested assistance to locate and stop the stolen vehicle.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies spotted the stolen car eastbound on I-44 in St. Clair. Before deputies could catch up to the car, the suspect left I-44 at the 242 exit, lost control of the car and struck an embankment, disabling the vehicle.
The suspect fled on foot from the crash site into a heavily wooded area east of St. Clair, authorities said.
Deputies searched the wooded area on foot with the aid of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Clair police and a helicopter, however the suspect was not located.
The sheriff’s office and Sullivan police are working to identify and apprehend the suspect.