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Police, Prosecutor Blame Each Other After Suspected Truck Thief Released On Technicality

Police and the prosecutor's office failed to charge the man before his 24-hour hold time was up.

June 04, 2018 - 3:26 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis police are still looking for a man who was unintentionally released from jail last week while awaiting charges for leading police on a wild chase in a stolen dump truck.

Under the law, suspects have to be released after 24 hours unless they're charged.

In dueling statements, the police say the prosecutor's office failed to move fast enough. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's office says the police should have sought charges the same day he was arrested -- not wait until the next morning with just two hours to spare.

Joseph MacDonald, 39, is suspected of leading police on a chase that crossed the river into East St. Louis before ending in south St. Louis.

He has now been charged with an "at-large" warrant.