Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

130619hospital PRINT ONLY

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ST. LOUIS * A 27-year-old man is facing criminal charges after police say he struck a police officer's car while fleeing from another officer, then slipped away from a hospital before police could arrest him.

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Charles Freeman, of the 10000 block of Ashbrook Drive in Bellefontaine Neighbors, with second- degree assault on a law enforcement officer, second-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest/stop by fleeing, tampering with a motor vehicle and tampering/interfering with arrest. A judge set his bail at $50,000.

Police say Freeman fled a traffic stop about 11 p.m. on June 11.

The officer stopped pursuing the vehicle, but Freeman slammed into another police cruiser as that officer responded to an unrelated call with lights and siren activated.

A female passenger in Freeman's car was ejected. She survived but suffered multiple injuries, according to court documents.

The police officer who was involved in the accident went to Freeman's aid at the scene and found him in the driver's seat holding a revolver, according to court documents. …

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