ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis woman faces several charges after police say she aggressively drove toward several St. Louis police officers the night after the grand jury announcement protests.
Johnisha E. Wyatt, 19, of the 4900 block of Davison Avenue in the Walnut Park East neighborhood, was indicted Thursday and faces nine felony counts, including assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, and resisting arrest.
Court documents say that late Nov. 25 to early Nov. 26, Wyatt drove south on Grand Boulevard when she encountered a police officer who was directing traffic away from the area due to protests near Arsenal Street.
Wyatt sped toward the intersection of Grand and Arsenal, and as she approached a line of officers at the intersection, she suddenly made a U-turn and started driving north on Grand. Officers there were able to get a partial license plate number, and officers found her driving west on Interstate 44 toward the Hampton Avenue exit.
An officer there threw out a spike strip to stop her car, and she stopped the car just before turning south on Hampton. Another officer pulled behind her and she was ordered to get out, but then she put her vehicle in reverse and struck the patrol car.
Wyatt then drove onto Hampton and across the spike strips, and toward three officers, Tom Strode, Marc Wasem, and Thomas Scanlon, who had to get out of her car's way. She then drove back onto eastbound 44, got off at Kingshighway Boulevard and stopped. A couple of her car's tires had deflated by then, and officers arrested her.
Wyatt was being held on a $100,000 cash-only bail.