He has been hiding out in the open.
A St. Louis alderman was arrested on multiple warrants after he rear-ended somebody in his car on Monday afternoon.
Police responded to the scene of the collision, and upon running his license, learned that St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad had five active St. Louis city bench warrants and one fugitive warrant from Jefferson City, KMOV reported.
Collins-Muhammad, 26, was cited for failing to display proof of insurance, following another vehicle too close, and driving with a suspended license in the case of his March 12 car crash.
He was arrested at the scene for his outstanding warrants.
The St. Louis Justice Center confirmed that Collins-Muhammad remained in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Jefferson City authorities had not yet determined whether they would transport Collins-Muhammad to face charges in their town.
Records showed the Collins-Muhammad had been arrested by Florissant police in September for an outstanding warrant for driving while his license was suspended, just weeks after a St. Louis city police officer let him go following a traffic stop, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
He was stopped for a traffic violation at about 7:20 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2017. Florissant police ran his license and learned he had a warrant for driving while his license was suspended.
Collins-Muhammad was booked into the Jennings jail on a warrant for his arrest there stemming from a February 2016 case in which he was ticketed for driving with a revoked license and failed to appear in court, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Ironically, Collins-Muhammad has been vocal about traffic safety issues in his ward in north St. Louis, and warned drivers to slow down on a specific street in August because there would be a greater police presence in the area.
On Aug. 14, 2017, St. Louis police stopped Collins-Muhammad for speeding on that exact street, but he didn’t get a ticket.
The officer let the alderman off with a warning, according to a statement issued by St. Louis Police Department spokeswoman Schron Jackson.
That officer now faces the possibility of discipline for that decision, and the Collins-Muhammad got the ticket anyway, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.