ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Police say a career criminal is back behind bars after a wild night of running from officers.
When detectives finally caught up to him, they discovered the man was already wearing an electronic monitoring device as part of his parole.
Police say the repeat offender has had more chances than a cat has lives. The electronic monitoring device he wears fits around his ankle and sends an alert to officers if he violates the conditions of his house arrest. But turns out, Jeremy Gischer, 32 of South St. Louis, should have been home instead of out wreaking havoc.
Detectives say they found Gischer driving the wrong way down Bates Tuesday night. They say he rammed their police car in an effort to get away from them. Police caught Gischer after they say he struck a power pole, which killed electricity to 25 homes and 12 businesses in South St. Louis.
On Wednesday, the Circuit Attorney’s Office charged Gischer with two counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, first-degree property damage and resisting or interfering with arrest for a felony. Police had hoped to land another charge for ‘causing a catastrophe,’ citing that several South St. Louis homeowners were put in serious danger after their power was cut off by the crash. The Circuit Attorney said the crime didn’t meet the charge. It was over 100 degrees when Gischer allegedly struck that power pole, so police called the St. Louis Fire Department to set up cooling stations for residents whose air conditioning was suddenly killed.
Gischer already has a string of felony convictions on his record, yet police say he had been granted parole—eight years early—after breaking into homes.
“Hopefully the criminal justice system takes a look at this and holds these guys a little longer if that’s possible so we don’t lock the same people up over and over and over,” St. Louis Metropolitan Police Captain Dan Howard said. “Now we have an actual guy with an ankle bracelet out wreaking havoc.”
The Missouri Department of Corrections oversees Probation and Parole. No one could talk to us on camera about how parolees are chosen for electronic monitoring, but spokesman Chris Cline wrote in an emailed statement that, “electronic monitoring is designed to add controls and structure the time of individuals who are on supervision,” and that each time a parolee violates that time, it’s investigated.