A 23-year-old East St. Louis man will serve 10 years in prison after he drove off in a stolen car, dragging an officer who was reaching inside the vehicle.
Officers first made contact with Warren Stepney Jr. on June 28, 2016, outside an East St. Louis convenience store. They found a loaded gun with an “obliterated” serial number, according to a release from Donald S. Boyce, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
A month later, East St. Louis pulled Stepney over in a Kia Sportage that was reported as stolen. The officer — with a gun drawn —approached and told the man to turn the car off. Stepney told him he didn’t know how.
As the officer reached through the window to turn the car off, the release said, Stepney began to drive off. The officer was injured as he was dragged with the car for 15 feet.
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As Stepney tried to flee, he lost control of the car and crashed.
Officers recovered a loaded gun from the vehicle.
He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun. He has been in custody since he was arrested July 28, 2016.