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Resolution praising St. Louis police dies in committee

Aldermen John Collins-Muhammad listens to debate during a meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen public safety committee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.  Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS — Alderman John Collins-Muhammad was arrested Tuesday morning on nine outstanding warrants for traffic violations after he was stopped for speeding, police said.

Police said Collins-Muhammad, 28, was stopped in the 4000 block of Natural Bridge Avenue at 8:40 a.m. while he drove with a revoked license. A computer inquiry determined that he had four outstanding bench warrants from the city and five traffic warrants from other jurisdictions.

Authorities said Collins-Muhammad also was issued new citations for speeding, driving while his license was revoked and not wearing a seat belt.

Collins-Muhammad could not be reached for comment.

Collins-Muhammad had been arrested previously on outstanding warrants, in March 2018, after he rear-ended another car while driving without a valid license, police said.

Elected to represent Ward 21 in 2017, Collins-Muhammad succeeded Antonio French, who ran for mayor that year.

On the board, he’s been a vocal opponent of a plan to reduce the number of wards, helped launch an effort to recall Mayor Lyda Krewson over her support for the Better Together plan, and successfully advocated a $1 house program to sell city-owned vacant buildings.

Mark Schlinkmann is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.