Man Steals Police Cruiser, Kills Woman in East St. Louis
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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL. (KMOX) – A recently married Belleville woman driving to work at a non-profit for homeless veterans, was killed this morning when a stolen East St. Louis Police car slammed into her vehicle at 70th and State Street.
Assistant Police Chief Ronald Ike says the car was stolen by a man who had just been kicked off a Metrobus, for refusing to pay his fare, “The police removed him from the bus. He was allowed to leave because they allowed him to walk away from the bus and at that time he hopped into the police car and sped off.”
Ike says the suspect, a 42-year-old East St. Louis man, sped down State Street and at 70th Street he ran into two vehicles. The only person in one of them, 41-year-old Maxsmillion Quarles-Gaston was killed instantly. The other vehicle was sent into a brushy area coming to rest against a tree. The driver of that car was taken to a St. Louis hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested and taken to a hospital. also with non-life-threatening injuries.
Quarles-Gaston worked at the Eagle’s Nest of St. Clair County.
Investigators are trying to determine just how fast the police car was going but Ike says, “Just looking at it naked, yeah, he was….movin’. He was movin’.”