Suspect wanted for punching female officer, leaving accident scene

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JENNINGS, MO (KTVI)- A crazy sequence of events overnight in Jennings starts with a St. Louis county police officer getting punched during a traffic stop and ends with a crash. Now two people are on the run.

Authorities say shortly after midnight, a female St. Louis County police officer and her partner pulled over a 2014 white GMC Sierra for a traffic stop at Halls Ferry and Lucas and Hunt. St. Louis County police say the male driver of the truck refused to get out and instead punched the female officer. Then the driver allegedly took off in the truck with his female passenger south on Halls Ferry Road.

The officers did not chase the truck.

County police say the truck ran a red light at Halls Ferry and Jennings Station Road and slammed into an SUV. The SUV driver went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. But the GMC didn't stop there-the driver kept going down Halls Ferry.

Moments later, the truck hit a power pole along with street and stop signs at Halls Ferry and Cottonwood before colliding with a van parked in a home's driveway.

Part of the power pole was still lodged under the van this morning.

Investigators say the man and the woman in the truck both ran off and are still at large. County police say they have an I.D. from the man. He's in his 40s and from North County.

Authorities say the female officer from the Jennings precinct who was punched was not seriously hurt.

We`re told she actually fought for the police during Guns 'N Hoses.