Mo. police say driver hit patrol car on purpose

By William C. Lhotka
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A man deliberately rammed a St. John police car early Sunday, causing an officer to suffer a fractured vertebrae, before leading a high-speed chase through several municipalities, officials said.

Robert Looney, 27, of St. Louis, was charged in warrants Monday with assaulting a police officer, leaving the scene of the accident and resisting arrest.

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