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Police: Former state rep. tries to fight fire with garden hose, attempts to assault firefighters

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St. Onge being arrested. Credit: Lake St. Louis PD St. Onge being arrested. Credit: Lake St. Louis PD

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Thursday, the Lake St. Louis police department detained a man who attempted to assault firefighters working to save his home.

Around 4 p.m., police and firefighters responded to Foxbridge Court for reports of a home on fire. When they arrived, former Missouri State Rep. Neal St. Onge was standing on the rear deck of the home trying to fight the fire with a garden hose.

Police tried to get St. Onge to come down off the deck for his own safety, but he refused. Eventually, a firefighter turned off the hose in an attempt to coax him down, but St. Onge began shouting obscenities at the firefighter.

He then rushed toward the firefighter aggressively, and officers intervened. St. Onge pushed an officer so he was briefly detained at the scene so he wouldn’t re-enter the dangerous area and interfere with firefighters.

"They stated I got belligerent and that's true. I said 'you're crazy, what are you doing? I'm trying to put this fire out," said St. Onge.

The Lake St. Louis Police Chief said he believes St. Onge truly wanted help but that he should have followed the instructions of police and firefighters for his own safety.

Authorities say St. Onge received a citation for failure to comply with an officer.

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