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Charges filed in pursuit that ended when car crashed into East St. Louis home

Car crashes into East St. Louis home

Demond Fletcher, 42, was in the bathroom of the house when the crash happened Tuesday night. He said he first heard the sirens coming down the street and then a “loud boom, like an explosion.”
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Demond Fletcher, 42, was in the bathroom of the house when the crash happened Tuesday night. He said he first heard the sirens coming down the street and then a “loud boom, like an explosion.”

Prosecutors have charged a 34-year-old Washington Park man who police say drove a car into a home in July while fleeing from officers.

Michael F. Palmer is accused of crashing a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe into an East St. Louis home at 39th Street and Van Buren Avenue on July 18 while allegedly trying to elude police. Officers said they found a loaded AK-47 in his car.

“Officers put their lights on to pull him over. The driver fled. Officers said they were unable to get his license plates (at the time) because he was driving so fast,” Police Chief Allen Bonds said.

Palmer allegedly drove into two large holes, went airborne and slammed into the house there. He was ejected from the vehicle.

He was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal damage to property and aggravated fleeing, and attempting to elude police.

Palmer was not in custody as of Thursday morning.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @carolynhendri18
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