Man bails out of truck as it strikes police car

News-DemocratMarch 4, 2014 

— A Missouri man is charged with multiple felonies after allegedly leading police on a car chase and jumping out of the truck as it struck a police car.

Charles Thomas Higgins, 42, of Florissant faces felony charges after a chase that began about 10 p.m. Monday at Midwest Bio Diesel Plant. South Roxana Police responded to a reckless driving complaint, and Officer Lee Brousseau witnessed a truck leaving the scene that matched the description of one seen near multiple property damage incidents in Wood River.

Brousseau attempted to stop the truck, but the driver then attempted to flee, police said. The pursuit led through multiple jurisdictions, ending near the rock quarry in Alton.

At the quarry, police said the driver bailed out of the truck just before it struck Brousseau's squad car. He allegedly ran from the scene, with Brousseau in pursuit, and was apprehended in the woods.

Brousseau was not injured, and the damage to the squad car was "minimal," according to South Roxana Lt. Bob Coles.

Higgins was charged with two counts of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. He is currently in custody at the Madison County Jail. Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli set bail at $75,000.

Wood River Police said further charges have not yet been determined on the property damage incidents.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 618-239-2507.

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