Police: Man steals police car, kills newlywed

2012-10-04T13:00:00Z Police: Man steals police car, kills newlywed The Southern
October 04, 2012 1:00 pm

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a man who refused to pay a bus fare then stole an East St. Louis police car and raced away, eventually killing a newlywed woman in a car the police cruiser hit.

Police say 41-year-old Maxsimillion Quarles-Gaston of Belleville died at the scene of the wreck Wednesday.

Authorities are pursuing charges against the suspect they say was traveling at more than 100 mph when he plowed into the back of Quarles-Gaston's car and another vehicle.

East St. Louis Assistant Police Chief R.O. Ike says the trouble began after officers were called to escort a man off a commuter bus because he refused to pay the fare.

Ike says an officer was trying to get the man off the bus when the man hopped into the officer's car.

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  1. Diogenes
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    Diogenes - October 04, 2012 4:44 pm
    One more poorly written article. I think Maxsimillion was the newlywed who was killed by the bus fare evader in the stolen police cruiser. It doesn't say if the perp was being chased by other police when he hit the other car, but I would guess that to be the case.
  2. SouthernILGirl
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    SouthernILGirl - October 04, 2012 3:18 pm
    I'm very confused. Is Maxsimillion the one who stole the car or the newlywed woman? What about the person in the 3rd car? Did more than one person die?
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    618 - October 04, 2012 1:37 pm
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