Two guys on the run from St. Louis County police after robbing a house in Jennings were eventually captured in Illinois along 55/70 near Cahokia Mounds and Horseshoe Lake. All this took place during the 5 o'clock local news hour and Fox2 had a news helicopter filming the entire thing which I sat and watched rather entralled. It was fascinating because this is the section of road everyone who drives from Collinsville to St. Louis knows well. Part of the landscape on the side of the highway is filled with a disgusting murky green water. Swampy water with some areas having dead trees sticking up.
Anyhow, the robbers crashed their car down the embankment of the highway, got out of the car and started running and then...diving into that horrible green slime as they tried to get away. All caught on tape by Channel 2. After the swamp they ended up at the canal, hip walked through that to a culvert which had dozens of big fish leaping high in the air around them.
They eventually got out of that water tried to run but were just too tired to keep going and ended up laying down on the grass in surrender.
I just hope the first thing they got to do after being booked and arrested was take a shower and get out of those wet, gross clothes. You can watch the live action on this Fox 2 video. If you've been away from St. Louis for a while, you might get a kick out of seeing this familiar spot, knowing that you've always though the same as us as you traveled this road: "I'd never go near that water."