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After Festus Police officers pulled over a 34-year-old St. Louis man for an alleged traffic violation on Oct. 10, they learned the pickup he was driving had been reported stolen. The man was arrested, but instead of going to jail, he was transported to an area hospital because he previously had been shot in the groin, Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said.

At 4:40 a.m., Festus Police spotted the man driving the pickup on northbound I-55 between Hwy. 67 and Hwy. A and pulled him over.

“Officers recovered a stolen vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Dakota reported stolen out of the city of St. Louis,” Lewis said. “When the man was arrested, he said he was suffering from a gunshot wound. He said he’d been shot two weeks before.”

Lewis said the suspect did not say why he had not sought medical attention prior to his arrest.

The man already was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Jefferson County, Lewis said.

He said Festus Police alerted St. Louis Metropolitan Police about arresting the man and recovering the stolen pickup.