Missouri man charged with another felony while in jail for Washington County crimes

Missouri man charged with another felony while in jail for Washington County crimes

WASINGTON COUNTY, IL — A 41-year-old man charged in Washington County Court in connection with shooting at Wamac and Centralia police as he took the officers on a high-speed pursuit in 2019 has been charged with another felony while being held in jail.

According to the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office, Jared Queen, of Missouri, is accused of Class 4 felony identity theft for allegedly using a fellow inmate’s personal identity information in using the other inmate’s phone card and pin number for the jail phone system.

Queen has been held in the Washington County Jail since he and 41-year-old Maria Moore, also of Missouri, were arrested in July 2019, with bail set at $3 million each. They’re both charged with Class X felony attempted first-degree murder, and five counts Class X felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm at a peace officer.

Queen and Moore reportedly took Centralia and Wamac officers on a pursuit in 2019 that started in Centralia and continued for more than 30 minutes and through multiple jurisdictions before ending in Coulterville, in Randolph County, Illinois. As the pursuit sped through Washington County, Queen reportedly began firing a rifle at officers from the driver’s door, while Moore allegedly began firing at officers from the vehicle’s sunroof.

Moore is also facing two Class 3 felony counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and resisting a peace officer.

Queen is also facing Class X armed violence, Class 2 and Class 3 felony charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing, and misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and resisting a peace officer.

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