FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS — A St. Louis man is facing several charges after he injured a Fairview Heights police officer when he attempted to flee apprehension in a stolen car and struck a Metro East mall building, according to prosecutors.
Twenty-year-old Jermaine Piggee was charged Friday with armed violence, aggravated battery to a peace officer and several other offenses, according to a statement by St. Clair County prosecutors.
The officer had checked on the car because it was parked Thursday outside the St. Clair Square Mall with its hazards flashing. The officer discovered it had been stolen in Ste. Genevieve County and he attempted to take Piggee into custody when Piggee exited the mall, officials said. A struggle ensued and Piggee tried to drive away, dragging the officer before the car struck a bystander and then the exterior of JCPenny.
The officer was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. The bystander had minor injuries.
Piggee is being held on a $750,000 bond.
He had a handgun and a gram of the drug fentanyl when he was taken into custody, authorities said.