Man Rams Florissant Squad Car Injuring Officer, Police Say

The officer suffered a concussion during the car chase and was hospitalized overnight. The man's car was disabled and he was caught after a brief chase on foot.

A man led police on a chase Feb. 5 and rammed a squad car, injuring a Florissant officer and disabling his own car.

Florissant Police said an officer tried to pull over Kenneth Lawrence on a traffic stop on New Halls Ferry Road, but Lawrence would not pull over and tried to flee in his car, according to court documents.

At about 1270 New Halls Ferry Road, the man swerved at the patrol car, and the officer had to swerve to avoid a collision, said Florissant Police spokesman Andy Haarman.

Lawrence, 33, turned onto Dunn Road and into the Sugar Pines Apartment complex where the first officer was joined by a second patrol car in the chase.

Police said in a report that Lawrence saw the second officer coming to assist the first officer on Sugar Crest Road and accelerated and rammed the second patrol car, giving the officer a concussion.

The collision also disabled Lawrence’s car and he got out and ran, Haarman said. He was caught and arrested after a brief foot chase.

The injured officer was hospitalized overnight and released the next day. He returned to active duty Monday, Haarman said.

Lawrence, of the 5300 block of Fletcher Avenue in Jennings, was charged with two counts of assaulting an officer and one count of resisting arrest. He was being held in St. Louis County jail Monday. Bail was set at $100,000.

For more crime information on Florissant Patch, see the following articles:

  • Police Chase Ends in North County After Man Robs 63-Year-Old Woman at Gunpoint
dajuan February 19, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Hold ya head lil cuzz GOD got us all . U no tht aint how we even move out here .lov u my nigg
Aja J. Junior February 19, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Comments have been removed from this story as they violate our terms of service. Please make sure to keep it clean and respectful through the comments stream. http://florissant.patch.com/terms
Aja J. Junior February 19, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Ms. Pretty, I didn't actually write the story, but I have sent your comments onto the writer.
Joe Scott February 19, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Ms. Pretty: To answer your questions, I used the St. Louis County mug shot because that was the one that's available. I did not get the information on the kind of car Kenneth was driving. I did go to the Florissant spokesman to clear up some things in the probable cause statement. I often don't check with the person charged or their families because their attorneys usually do not want them to speak to the press. They're afraid a misstatement could hurt their case, and any other statements usually do not help them in court. However, if Mr. Lawrence or his parents would like to have their side of the story in here, I'd be happy to talk to them. I agree -- there always is more than one side to the story--two sides at a minimum. That's why I qualify almost everything I write with "police said" or "according to court documents." If charges are dropped or if Mr. Lawrence is found innocent, I'd more than happy to report on that. As for your questions regarding the disparities in Kenneth's and the officer's health, that is taken both from court documents and the police spokesman's statements.
ash June 21, 2013 at 03:51 PM
This is for the Poster K Smith and regarding the child abuse / neglect situation at an in home babysitter's home. I would like to speak to you about this as I believe this has occurred again. All safe guards were used to run a background check.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »