MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO — A police chase ended in a six-vehicle wreck that sent five people, including one Maryland Heights police officer, to the hospital. Accident reconstruction was on the scene for more than three and a half hours.
A lieutenant with the Maryland Heights Police Department said it happened around 12:50 a.m. Friday at on Riverport Drive at Highway 141 following a sold-out concert at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater.
As the concert was letting out, a vehicle believed to be leaving the concert struck an officer on foot. That officer was not seriously injured and did not need to be taken to the hospital. The suspect then struck a police vehicle. Police pursued the suspect vehicle down Riverport Drive.
Since the concert had just ended, there was bumper to bumper traffic as concert goers tried to turn onto 141 to leave the area. The suspect's vehicle crashed into several vehicles waiting at the stoplight. A police SUV was also involved in the crash.
The officer involved in that crash was taken to a hospital with a neck injury. Four other people were also taken to the hospital. None of the injuries are life-threatening.
The suspect, identified as 21-year-old DeAngelo Perez Smith, took off on foot and was caught a short time later by officers and a police K-9. Smith remains in custody at St. Louis County Jail on charges of assault, resisting arrest, and DWI.