ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis alderman has been arrested during a routine traffic stop. John Collins-Muhammad (21st Ward) was taken into custody, then released Tuesday morning. City Counselor Julian Bush confirmed the arrest to MetroSTL.com Tuesday afternoon but said he had few details as to what had happened.
St. Louis Police say the morning traffic stop police discovered Collins-Muhammad had four active bench warrants in St. Louis city as well as five other fugitive traffic warrants from areas outside the city.
“He was arrested for his outstanding warrants and issued citations for speeding, no seat belt and driving while license is revoked,” spokesman Jack Wang said.
At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Collins-Muhammad posted a somewhat cryptic message on his Facebook page.
“Ya’ll, don’t believe everything you hear. But back to the real work,” he wrote.
Collins-Muhammad was arrested previously in 2018. On his Facebook page at the time he confirmed the incident, which was the result of an outstanding warrant in Jefferson City.
He also addressed that incident on Facebook, saying, “I take ownership of not ‘dealing wisely’ with these past problems in my adult age, but Doing this work, you sometimes put your own personal business to the side or on the back burner because your so busy working for the community.”
At the time the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on an arrest a few months prior in Florissant, along with other run-ins with police in the city of St. Louis, Pine Lawn and Ferguson. All had to do with traffic violations.