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Police arrest driver who abandoned 15 passengers after stop

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Police have arrested a man a day after he allegedly ran away from a traffic stop, leaving behind a van with 15 people inside.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the driver was arrested Friday as he walked along Highway 109 near Eureka.

Police conducting a traffic stop Thursday say the driver jumped out and ran away. Inside the van were 15 people who spoke no English and lacked identification.

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Juston Wheetley says the driver and the people who were inside the van have been turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Eureka police say they plan to submit their report to prosecutors who will make a decision on whether any charges will be filed.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch