Police Sergeant Hurt During Altercation

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A Maryland Heights police sergeant was hurt after he was thrown from a pick-up truck while trying to stop potential drug suspects. Those suspects were arrested after a chase and a crash.  Investigators say the sergeant suffered non-life threatening injures and is expected to be released from the hospital soon.

The incident started Friday night a little after 10 p.m. at the Dave and Busters just off Interstate 70. Police say the sergeant was working a secondary job at the business when two men and two women were not let in because they were underage.

Maryland Heights Police Chief Tom O'Connor says there was some indication that the four suspects may have had drugs on them. The sergeant asked them for identifications and that's when the altercation started.

Authorities say one suspect elbowed the sergeant and then the four tried to take off in a pick up truck. The sergeant jumped in the bed of the truck and busted out the window trying to stop them.  But investigators say the driver took off, throwing the officer from the truck.

A chase started and went down I-70. It ended when the truck crashed through a fence at the Emerson Electric complex on West Florissant.  The two male suspects were arrested.

The two suspects are in custody at the Maryland Heights Police Department.  Police say the two women who were in the pick-up were let out of the car on I-70 and are not suspects.  Investigators plan to meet with prosecutors Friday for official charges.