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IL State Trooper sprayed with ammonia during traffic stop

By AP/KWMU

Collinsville, Ill. – Illinois State Police say a trooper escaped serious injury when he was accidentally sprayed in the face with anhydrous ammonia during a traffic stop.

Master Sergeant Antone Stewart reportedly pulled over a pickup truck for speeding Monday on Interstate 55-70 near Collinsville.

Authorities say that while Stewart was in his car writing a ticket, Jered Pike of Peoria began throwing items out of the truck bed. When Stewart stepped out to investigate, Pike accidentally activated a tank of anhydrous ammonia, an ingredient commonly used to make methamphetamine.

Stewart and Pike both got sprayed but were treated at the scene. The truck's driver, Brandon Greco of Edwardsville, and Pike were charged Wednesday with various meth-related charges in Madison County court.

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