Lesley Shaw, 34, of Imperial was charged with four felonies and two misdemeanors after she allegedly struck an Arnold Police detective with an SUV while fleeing from police last month, according to court records.
Shaw, who also has a St. Louis address, reportedly struck another vehicle during the police chase and then allegedly tried to run from officers after the SUV broke down on I-55, the probable-cause statement in the case said.
Her son and boyfriend were in the vehicle during the chase, the report said.
At about 8:40 p.m. Dec. 18, Arnold Police detectives reportedly saw a 2019 Nissan Rogue run a stop sign on Ems Glen Lane in Arnold before turning onto Old Lemay Ferry Road. The SUV had been reported stolen on Nov. 10 by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the probable-cause statement said.
The detectives turned on patrol vehicle lights and sirens and attempted to stop the SUV, and Shaw, who was driving, reportedly turned off Old Lemay Ferry Road into a driveway in the 2100 block of Blossom Lane, the report said.
A detective ordered Shaw to turn off the SUV and get out, but she reportedly refused to comply. Instead, she allegedly quickly backed up and almost struck a detective, according to the report.
Shaw then shifted the SUV into drive and allegedly hit the detective on the right side of his body, nearly knocking him down. The detective suffered minor pain and soreness from the collision but did not require medical attention, the probable-cause statement said.
Detectives said the woman’s boyfriend – a 34-year-old St. Louis man – and her 11-year-old son were in the SUV at the time, Arnold Police reported.
After allegedly hitting the detective with the SUV, the vehicle reportedly struck a concrete culvert before Shaw turned onto southbound Old Lemay Ferry Road and then westbound Richardson Road. At Richardson Road and Robinson Lane, Shaw made a U-turn and reportedly nearly hit an Arnold Police vehicle head-on, the probable-cause statement said.
Shaw then allegedly hit the passenger side of a 2006 Honda Accord before heading north on I-55. No injuries were reported from the accident with the Accord, the report said.
Shaw continued to drive on the interstate with a flat front right tire, and parts began to fall from the front of the SUV. The Rogue began to scrape the road and temporarily caught fire before Shaw pulled onto the interstate’s shoulder just south of I-270 in St. Louis County, according to the report.
After stopping on the shoulder, Shaw, the man and the boy got out of the SUV, ran east down an embankment and the three scaled a chain-link fence. Arnold Police caught Shaw and the boy shortly after they climbed the fence, and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers found the man lying in a thick brushy area, Arnold Police Capt. Rich Shular said.
Shaw’s driver’s license already was suspended, the probable-cause statement said.
Shular said the boy was released to a relative and Family Services was contacted.
The man was wanted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for tampering. He was booked and turned over to Jefferson County deputies, and Arnold Police will seek charges against him through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Shaw for tampering and resisting arrest against, Shular said.
Shaw has been charged with second-degree assault of a special victim, a class B felony; first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, both class D felonies; resisting arrest, a class E felony; leaving the scene of an accident, a class A misdemeanor; and driving with a revoked license, a class D misdemeanor.
If convicted, Shaw faces five to 15 years in prison for the class B felony; up to seven years for each of the class D felonies; up to four years for the class E felony; a year in jail and a fine up to $2,000 for the class A misdemeanor; and a fine up to $500 for the class D misdemeanor.
As of today (Jan. 11), Shaw was being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.