CAHOKIA — A 25-year-old Cahokia man was charged Friday with attempted murder after authorities said he dragged a Cahokia police officer 75 feet while fleeing a traffic stop.
DeLawrence Foggy, of the 300 block of St. Leonard, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer.
A St. Clair County judge set bail for Foggy at $750,000. He is at a St. Louis hospital, where he under house arrest, after an accident during his arrest, police say.
The officer spotted the suspect, whom he already knew, at 2:45 p.m. Thursday and made a traffic stop in the 1100 block of Williams. Initially the suspect stopped. When the officer, whose identity Police Chief James Jones did not release, "asked the suspect to step out of the vehicle, he drove off at a high rate of speed, dragging the officer 75 feet," Jones said.
"Our officer was shaken up. He has soreness to his shoulders. His left forearm is swollen. It was tangled up in the car door as the driver sped away. He is very lucky that he didn't get hurt more severely from this incident," Jones said.
Another Cahokia police unit was en route to assist the officer who initiated the traffic stop.
"The vehicle sped into Sauget. We called Sauget for assistance. They put out Stop Sticks for us and they were very effective. They punctured the two passenger tires, disabling the car somewhat. The suspect kept going toward Eighth Street in East St. Louis, where he lost control of the vehicle and the car flipped over, landing on its top," Jones said.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.