GRANITE CITY — A St. Louis man was charged with seven felony counts Thursday after police say he jumped into the Mississippi River Wednesday in an attempt to elude police officers.
According to a Granite City Police Department press release, at approximately 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, a Granite City officer located a black 1991 Jeep Cherokee traveling south on Illinois 3 near the intersection with West 20th Street. The Jeep matched the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with vehicle burglaries at several locations in Granite City along Illinois 3. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The motorist fled south on Illinois 3 to the Illinois side of the McKinley Bridge. The vehicle stopped prior to entering the bridge and the driver fled on foot west toward the river. The suspect entered the river. Officers were able to get to his location and after a short amount of time the suspect swam back to the bank of the river, where he was taken into custody. Officers were able to recover numerous items of property that had been stolen in the vehicle burglaries.
The Madison County State's Attorney’s Office charged Daytrail J. Brown, 20, of the 800 block of Wall Street, St. Louis, with five felony counts of burglary, one felony count of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Brown’s bail was set at $750,000 and he remains in custody at the Granite City Police Department pending the posting of bail or extradition to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville.