Three arrested when state trooper witnesses brawl

SANDOVAL — Three men are in the Marion County Jail after an Illinois State Police trooper allegedly witnessed them beating the third man.

According to reports, while the trooper was conducting a traffic stop Saturday night, 27-year-old Justin Winegarner, and 27-year-old Michael Stewart, of Sandoval allegedly chased 28-year-old Anthony Hays around the trooper’s squad car.

As the trooper watched the three men, Winegarner and Stewart reportedly caught up with Hays, with Winegarner holding him down as Stewart began punching him.

All three men are currently being held in the Marion County Jail.