(KMOV) – Several felony charges have been filed against a suspect who allegedly struck an officer during an hour-long police chase that began in Washington County and ended in Arnold Monday evening.
Jacob Just, 32, was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, felony driving while revoked, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, first-degree property damage, resisting arrest and several traffic violations.
Police said the chase began in Washington County around 4 p.m. after Wayne tried to hit a Potosi police officer during an attempted traffic stop.
Authorities said he then reversed his car and struck the officer’s vehicle before fleeing the scene.
The pursuit ensued as Just traveled north on Highway 21 toward Hillsboro on Highway A. The chase continued onto northbound Interstate 55 into Festus when Just got off at Highway 61/67 into Herculaneum.
Police said Just was involved in an accident with a DeSoto police cruiser in Jefferson County during the chase. The chase continued after drove ran over several rounds of spike strips deployed by officers along the pursuit route.
Just was apprehended after the chase ended in Arnold near the intersection of Telegraph and Tenbrook just before 5 p.m. He remains at the St. Louis County Jail on a $150,000 bond.
Earlier this year, News 4’s Chris Nagus investigated Just after viewers called to complain of his criminal past.
Nagus found records showing some of his past charges included passing a bad check conviction, stealing a car, resisting arrest, marijuana possession, receiving stolen property, four DWIs, boating while intoxicated and driving while revoked.
News 4 also caught Just, who had his license revoked at the time, driving so erratically and fast camera crews lost him. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch later saw the tape and said his office was very concerned.
Just was up for probation revocation after getting his fourth DWI. After that he got arrested again for driving with a revoked license. But against the objections of the Prosecutor’s office, Just’s case got continued again and again until April 26 when he blew off his court appearance. That led to a warrant being obtained for his arrest.