Man Charged With Shooting At Officer On I-44

CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Warrants were issued on George J. Waiksnis, 40, of Washington, Missouri, Wednesday.

He is charged with one count of Assault 1st on a Law Enforcement Officer, one count of Armed Criminal Action, one count of Interfering with Arrest, and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. A $100,000 cash only bond was set.

Waiksnis is accused of leading St. Louis County Police on a chase after shooting at one of their patrol cars Tuesday.

St. Louis County Police say an officer tried to pull Waiksnis over for speeding on eastbound Interstate 44 Tuesday afternoon. They say he pulled over his Jeep Grand Cherokee near the Eureka city limit, but when the officer approached the Jeep, Waiksnis fired a gun through the back of the Jeep at the police cruiser. Police say three shots were fired, with at least one shot hitting the cruiser near the driver’s side door.

Police say Waiksnis sped away after firing the shots and led the officer on a pursuit on eastbound I-44.

Police had set up spike strips to stop the Jeep, and had closed eastbound I-44, but say Waiksnis lost control of the Jeep and crashed into the median grassy area about one mile west of Highway 141.  They say Waiksnis refused to exit his vehicle for a time, but eventually got out and was taken in to custody.

Traffic was backed up in both directions for about a hour during the pursuit and after the accident.

No police officers were injured, nor was Waiksnis.

Police do not know why Waiksnis shot at the officer in the first place, sped away, or refused to get out of the Jeep. Waiksnis does have a criminal record, including drug charges related to methamphetamine. His most recent felony conviction is from California.

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