WASHINGTON COUNTY, IL — A Washington County jury deliberated for 20 minutes Wednesday before returning guilty verdicts on three counts against a 42-year-old Missouri man charged in a 2019 police pursuit in which he and his female passenger reportedly fired shots at police. The jury found Jared Queen guilty of all three charges remaining against him: Class X felony aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer, Class 3 felony being a felon in possession of a firearm, and Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing police.
Seated Monday, the jury heard testimony from witnesses including Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson. Dodson says the department couldn’t be more pleased with the verdict as it takes a very dangerous person off the streets for a very long time. Queen was arrested in July 2019 after he and 42-year-old Maria Moore 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. 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.
Queen is scheduled to be sentenced in the case on October 19th, while Moore’s trial is scheduled to be held the following week on October 25th.