A St. Clair man was arrested after he allegedly rammed his truck into another vehicle multiple times and later claiming his truck was stolen.
Matt T. Palmer, 41, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court for second-degree assault and for making a false police report Friday, Oct. 26.
On Aug. 21, St. Clair officers were dispatched to the area of Pasadena Street and Missouri Avenue regarding a road rage situation at 6:30 p.m., according to Police Chief Bill Hammack. A 27-year-old female and a 41-year-old male were traveling in a 2003 Ford Explorer and called 911 to say that Palmer was ramming the rear end of the Explorer with his red Ford F-150.
When police found the victims near Maupin Street, they said they had just dropped off Palmer’s ex wife at a residence in St. Clair. After dropping her off, the victims told police they were stopped at a red light and Palmer had rammed the back of their vehicle, pushing it through the intersection they were stopped at, according to Hammack.
They told police that Palmer continued to follow them and ram into the rear of the vehicle. At 7:10 p.m., a Franklin County deputy responded to a report of an abandoned red-colored Ford F-150 on Happy Sac Road. The vehicle was Palmer’s, according to Hammack. While officers were processing the vehicle, Palmer called police to report his vehicle as stolen.
A police officer arrested Palmer at his residence. His bond was set at $25,000, according to Hammack.