Details Released On Armed Carjacking On I-70

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Additional information has been released on an armed carjacking that took place on I-70 a half-mile west of Rt. 40 in Bond County early Monday morning.

Around 3:30 A.M., Illinois State Police troopers responded to investigate a single vehicle rollover crash in the westbound lanes of the interstate.

Before troopers arrived, a Good Samaritan, who witnessed the crash, called 9-1-1 and stopped to assist the driver. The driver who rolled over, later identified as David A. Hansford, age 50 of Troy, then allegedly displayed a firearm and forcibly took possession the Good Samaritan’s vehicle. Hansford fled the scene, traveling westbound on Interstate 70. The victim called 9-1-1 again and informed authorities his truck had been stolen.

Maryville officers and an ISP trooper observed the stolen vehicle on Interstate 55 near US-40 and attempted to stop the vehicle, however Hansford refused and a pursuit ensued.

Eventually, Hansford crashed the stolen vehicle on Illinois Route 162 at Pleasant Ridge Road in Maryville and was taken into custody.

Hansford was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries incurred during the crash and was later released. He is currently incarcerated at the Bond County Jail.

Bond County State’s Attorney Dora Mann has charged Hansford with one count of allegedly being an Armed Habitual Criminal and one count of alleged Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking. Hansford’s bond was set at $500,000.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be announced.

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