August 21, 2014

Man accused of trying to run over East St. Louis police

The 22-year-old Kentucky man who is accused of attempting to run over four East St. Louis police officers Aug. 6 has been charged.

Mikhal O. Washington, of 1724 Martin Luther King Drive, Paducah, Ky., was charged last week by the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office with one count of aggravated battery to a peace officer and four counts of aggravated assault to a peace officer with a vehicle.

East St. Louis Detective Ronald McClellan said, "The suspect attempted to run over four East St. Louis police officers with the 2002 white Dodge Stratus he was driving on 29th Street at State Street."

McClellan said the suspect was wanted by the Kentucky Department of Corrections for a felony parole violation. He was charged with committing an armed robbery in Kentucky, McClellan said.

An unnamed East St. Louis police officer spotted Washington on the corner of 29th and State and alerted other police.

"When Captain Bobby Cole made an attempt to apprehend Washington, he put the car in reverse and backed over a pedestrian. Then, he hit a utility pole. The suspect then put the car in drive and drove in Captain Cole's direction. He struck the unmarked police vehicle that Cole got out of. The suspect also tried to run over three other officers. He also rammed a marked police vehicle with the officer inside," McClellan said.

McClellan said police officers discharged their weapons to prevent themselves from getting hit by the car. Both the driver and a passenger in the vehicle were shot. They were treated at a St. Louis hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After striking a chain link fence at 29th Street and Belleview Drive, Washington jumped out of the car and attempted to flee. Police caught him after he collapsed a short distance from the crime scene.

He was released from the hospital Tuesday to St. Louis Police, where he was wanted for tampering with a motor vehicle. He is being held at a correctional facility in Bonne Terre, Mo.

The passenger was issued a citation for unlawful possession of marijuana.

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