Dow man arrested following manhunt
A 30-year-old man from Dow is being held in Macoupin County Jail following a manhunt on Saturday, Oct. 27, that spanned several hours and multiple jurisdictions.
According to Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, a blue, four-door 1996 Nissan was stolen out of Madison County that morning. Litchfield Police Department found the vehicle at approximately 8:30 a.m. and tried to make a traffic stop but were unsuccessful and terminated their pursuit. Mt. Olive then tried to make a stop but was also unsuccessful. At that time, the vehicle (driven by Philip Tewell of Dow) continued southbound into Madison County, where several other agencies attempted to apprehend the vehicle. “I know they were going to use stop sticks at one point, but he took an exit off of interstate before they could be deployed,” said Kahl. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle and began to pursue it, but Tewell refused to stop, so they also terminated pursuit, at which point the vehicle was traveling northbound from Madison County back into Macoupin County, where Bunker Hill Police Department took up pursuit. The Bunker Hill police chief followed the vehicle for several miles through Macoupin County, until the driver lost control of the vehicle on Stagecoach Road south of Carlinville and went into a field.
Tewell took off running through the woods at that point. A state trooper and some deputies began hunting for Tewell with a K9 unit but were unable to locate him. Several hours later, a resident on Spanish Needle Road called the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department and reported that a male subject had walked out of the timber, asking for a drink and to borrow a phone to call someone. When the homeowner called, a sheriff’s deputy was nearby and was able to apprehend the subject, which occurred around 3 p.m.
Tewell is currently being held at Macoupin County Jail on Jersey County charges for illegal possession of a weapon by a felon. Charges stemming from the chase are pending. A Madison County deputy was sent to Macoupin County to recover the vehicle, which has been towed back to Madison County.