George Waiksnis charged in I-44 shooting, police chase

5:23 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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By Brittany Ludwig

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged a Washington, Missouri man in connection with Tuesday's police pursuit on Interstate 44.

According to court documents, 40-year-old George Waiksnis was charged on four counts, including first-degree assault to St. Louis County police officer David Steinmeyer.

Steinmeyer attempted to make a traffic stop of a Jeep Grand Cherokee along I-44 on Tuesday, January 29. When the officer got out of his patrol car, Waiksnis fired three to five shots through his own back windshield and sped off.

The chase ended a short time later when the suspect's vehicle crashed just west of Highway 141.

George Waiksnis was also charged with resisting arrest, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. In February 2007, he was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in Franklin County.

Waiksnis remains in custody on a $100,000 cash-only bond.


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