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VANDALIA — A Fayette County sheriff's deputy was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital Monday evening after he was dragged by a fleeing vehicle during a traffic stop, Illinois State Police said Wednesday. 

In a news release, state police said the incident happened at 6:41 p.m on northbound U.S. 51, just south of U.S. 40 in Vandalia.

Police said the deputy pulled over a 2006 Ford Freestyle driven by an 18-year-old Springfield woman for a traffic violation and approached the vehicle. While speaking with the driver and her two passengers, a 28-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman, the deputy observed signs of criminal activity in the vehicle, police said.

The driver fled the scene, and the deputy became entangled with her vehicle, police said. He was dragged for an undetermined distance before falling out of the vehicle. The deputy was transported to Barnes Jewish Hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, police said. 

The driver faces preliminary charges of fleeing and eluding, failure to give aid, uninsured motor vehicle, speeding, driver's license not on person, hit and run, reckless driving, aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated assault, obstructing justice, reckless conduct and possession of more than 2.5 grams of cannabis.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Fayette County State's Attorney's Office. She was held in the Fayette County Jail on $150,000 bond Tuesday.

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Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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