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St. Francois County Police Deputy Assaulted

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A 48-year-old man is accused of striking a St. Francois County deputy with a vehicle before leading police on a chase in Jefferson County.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Donald Hornsey was charged Wednesday with assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. Police say deputy Paul Clark was driving Tuesday morning when he saw several vehicles on a dirt road and stopped to ask the three people near the cars for identification. Police say Hornsey was asked to walk to Clark's patrol car when he failed to provide identification.

Authorities say Hornsey entered a truck and struck Clark, knocking him down. Hornsey was arrested hours later after a car and foot chase.

Clark was treated at a hospital and released.

Online records don't list an attorney for Hornsey.