Granite City Man Arrested Following High-Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

Granite City Man Arrested Following High-Speed Chase in Stolen Vehicle

MT. VERNON – A 42-year-old Granite City man is being held in the Jefferson County Jail following a high-speed pursuit Tuesday night that ended on Interstate 57.

Bobby Smith was reportedly traveling eastbound on Interstate 64 at more than 101 miles per hour near the 61 mile marker in a vehicle that was reported by OnStar as stolen from Granite City.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Bullard, the pursuit started around 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. A short time later, OnStar stopped the 2019 Chevy Blazer Smith was driving at about the 94 mile marker on southbound Interstate 57.

Bullard says Smith was taken into custody by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies with the assistance of Mt. Vernon police officers, resisting officers at that time and also when searched at the Jefferson County Jail. During the search, deputies reportedly found Smith was hiding a handcuff key.

Smith was arrested on charges of aggravated fleeing police at speeds exceeding 21 miles per hour over the limit, bringing a weapon or tool into a penal institution, possessing a stolen vehicle and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

Formal charges have not yet been filed in Jefferson County Court and bail has not been set.

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