St. Louis County man charged with driving ATV into crowd, hurting girl


Taylor Bloate

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JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) – A suburban St. Louis man has been charged with driving an all-terrain vehicle into a crowded Fourth of July block party and running over the leg of a 5-year-old girl.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 36-year-old Taylor Bloate, of the St. Louis County village of Hanley Hills, is charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, and fleeing the scene of a crash. His bail is set at $50,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Police say in charging documents that Bloate sped away after driving into a crowd of about 150 people in Jennings. He was arrested after running a red light and T-boning another vehicle at an intersection.

Police say someone drove the girl to a hospital. Police don’t have an updated condition for her.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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