SE Missouri Man Arrested, After Hitting a Marion Police Officer

A man from southeast Missouri was arrested, after his involvement in an officer-involved shooting last week in Marion.  28-year-old Ethan Adams, of Sikeston, was charged for aggravated battery to a peace officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding police, along with other traffic charges stemming from the incident.  Illinois State Police are continuing the investigation, as it progresses.  Officers attempted to stop Adams’ vehicle, in regard to a possible DUI, after a report came in of a reckless driver along I-57.  Adams then attempted to flee and evade police through Marion, where he swerved at oncoming traffic, drove in the opposite lanes of traffic, and drove both on and off the roadway in order to get away from police.  Adams eventually stopped at a Huck’s parking lot and waited until officers got out of their vehicles, then fled again, running into a police cruiser and hitting a Marion officers.  As Adams struck the officer and the police vehicle, an officer fired his weapon at Adams, striking him once.  Adams again fled from the scene and continued to evade officers for several more miles.  His vehicle eventually became disabled, drove off the roadway, and crashed into a business property.  He was then taken into custody, then an area hospital for treatment, which eventually led to him being airlifted to a trauma center.  The officer from Marion suffered injuries after being hit by Adams’ vehicle, with both Adams and the officer expected to recover.