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Alderman arrested on outstanding warrants

John Collins-Muhammad, shown here in a booking photo, was arrested March 12, 2018 for outstanding traffic warrants.
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John Collins-Muhammad, shown here in a booking photo, was arrested Monday for outstanding traffic warrants.

A St. Louis alderman has been arrested for a series of municipal warrants.

John Collins-Muhammad, D-21st Ward, was taken into custody Monday afternoon after rear-ending a car at a stop sign. A computer check by police investigating the accident revealed the warrants — five from the city of St. Louis and one from Jefferson City.

In addition to being arrested, Collins-Muhammad, 26, was also ticketed for following another car too closely, driving without proof of insurance and driving with a suspended license. He had been held overnight at the City Justice Center in downtown but was expected to be released Tuesday afternoon.

These are not the first traffic cases for Collins-Muhammad, who has railed against the region’s municipal courts for unfairly targeting young African-American men. In 2014, he was ticketed in Jefferson City for driving with a suspended license. Court records show he has failed to pay a $145 balance. Court records also show he has been ticketed frequently by St. Louis County departments for driving with a suspended license.

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Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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