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Pennsylvania duo appear in court after setting off brief manhunt in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2015

If you’ve been following the story of an Interstate 80 traffic stop turned manhunt, the two brothers in trouble showed up in La Salle County Court today.

Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Smith is charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, obstructing justice and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. His old brother Jeremiah Smith is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and obstructing justice.

At about 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, members of the drug team Tri-Dent stopped an eastbound Nissan Versa on I-80 near Ladd. Andrew Smith allegedly sped away and led police on a chase through Peru and into La Salle. Due to a blown tire, the brothers ditched their car in downtown La Salle before swimming across the I & M Canal near Lock 14.

They were eventually caught in a field shortly before 5 o’clock and taken into custody without incident.

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