Illinois authorities on the hunt for Kirksville man

Illinois authorities are looking for Lendsey Phillips, 32, of Kirksville. (Marine Police Department)

Authorities in Illinois are searching for a suspect from Kirksville.

According to a press release from the Marine Police Department, authorities are looking for Lendsey Phillips, 32, of Kirksville.

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, officers conducted a traffic stop on a silver Pontiac Grand Am for speeding 62 mph in a School Zone (20 mph).

Officers made contact with the driver, who was unable to provide a driver’s license.

When officers asked the driver to exit the vehicle, he quickly sped off striking one of the officers with the vehicle. Authorities briefly pursued the vehicle and lost site of the vehicle. Officers from an assisting agency located the vehicle abandoned a short time later.

The vehicle was secured, towed and processed by Crime Scene Investigators. Further investigation revealed evidence which lead officers to positively identify the driver of the vehicle as Lendsey Phillips.

On August 29, 2017 three felony warrants were issued for Phillips and his bond was set at $100,000. Phillips also has a parole violation warrant and is still at large. He is to be considered armed and dangerous. Phillips has an extensive history of violence toward Law Enforcement.

He’s been charged in Madison County Circuit Court for three felony charges of Aggravated Battery on a Police Officer, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding Police Officers and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

If you have any information on Phillips’ whereabouts, please contact the Marine Police Department Chief of Police Christopher Singleton at 618-887-4326.

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