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Update: Details Emerge on Police Chase Into University City

The chase ended when the University City man turned towards an officer and pulled a weapon out of his waistband, and the Maryland Heights officer fired a shot.

A University City man faces charges with two counts of assaulting an officer after a high-speed police chase that started in Maryland Heights Monday.

Patch reported earlier that a man led several led several police agencies on a chase from Maryland Heights into University City late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Maryland Heights Police reported an officer had pulled over Jorge Wallace, 25, of the 600 block of Geoffry Lane in University City, at 11:48 p.m. Monday. The officer said the traffic stop, at Barrington and Summer House Drive, was for straddling the dividing lines on the road.

The officer said Wallace drove off, turned his car around and drove at the officer’s squad car at a high rate of speed. The officer had to quickly move his vehicle to avoid being hit, according to court documents.

A high-speed pursuit ensued and ended in University City, where Wallace crashing his car and began running away.

The Maryland Heights officer said he was chasing him when Wallace grabbed a weapon from his waistband and turned toward the officer. The officer then fired a shot at Wallace, according to the report.

No one was injured and Wallace was arrested.

Wallace was charged by the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office Wednesday with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, one charge for driving at the officer’s car and a second for drawing a weapon and turning toward the officer.

Wallace is being held in St. Louis County jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

For more crime information on University City Patch, see the following articles:

  • Update: Police Chase Suspect Charged With Assault 
  • Police Nab Man for Carrying .357 Handgun in His Shorts 
  • Police: Car Stolen in University City Leads Police on Dangerous Chase
MikeyParks January 25, 2013 at 09:04 PM
That cop needs to spend a little more time at the shooting range.

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