Police Nab Suspect Who Walked Out of the Hospital

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis police now have a man custody who they say was behind the wheel of a stolen car that got into a crash with a police cruiser. He then walked out of St. Louis University Hospital. Charles Freeman, 27, is being charged with 2nd degree assault on law enforcement officer, 2nd degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, tampering with a motor vehicle and interfering with an arrest. The judge set his bond at $50,000.

He was admitted to the hospital after the crash. Police say they were NOT guarding him because he was a patient and not a prisoner. He was gone when nurses went to check on him.

The crash happened at around 9:30pm on Tuesday night at Compton and Washington in Midtown. Police say the officer had his lights and sirens on when he hit a white Volkswagen that was driving erratically. The officer had tried to pull over the Volkswagen moments earlier because it had no plates. Turns out the car was stolen and cops found a gun in it. There was one officer in the cruiser and three people in the Volkswagen when the crash happened.

The officer and two people in the stolen car, including the 27-year-old who is now at large, went to hospitals. A third person in the Volkswagen ran away from the crash scene.

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