Trial underway for Missouri man in 2019 multi-county police pursuit case

Trial underway for Missouri man in 2019 multi-county police pursuit case

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IL — The trial against a 42-year-old Missouri man is underway in Washington County where a jury was selected Monday before opening arguments. Jared Queen is facing two Class X felony charges for the 2019 police pursuit in which he and his female passenger reportedly fired shots at police.

The prosecution amended a number of original charges against Queen earlier this month to include multiple new Class X charges. Then on Friday they dismissed most of the 14 charges against the St. Clair, Missouri man leaving one count attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer.

Queen was arrested in July 2019 after he and 42-year-old Maria A. Moore of Wright City, MO took Centralia and Wamac officers on a pursuit 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 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. She’s next due in court in October.

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