ST. ANN, Mo. - A suburban St. Louis police officer is expected to recover after suffering severe injuries in a crash while assisting in a stolen car investigation.
The accident happened around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday when a St. Ann officer's vehicle struck another car and a telephone pole. The officer, a five-year veteran of the department, underwent emergency surgery.
Police say detectives tried to pull over a vehicle that had been stolen. The suspect put the car in reverse and ran into a police car before driving away.
Other officers responded to the scene. One of them lost control of his squad car while turning a corner, hitting an oncoming car and the utility pole.
Police are still searching for the suspect. The stolen car was found abandoned in a field.
St. Ann Police posted this statement to Facebook Tuesday:
"Thank you to all who have inquired about the St. Ann Police Officer who sustained injuries last night, while on his way to assist an officer who had just been assaulted by a convicted felon.
The officer involved in the accident is scheduled for surgery on his leg this afternoon. We appreciate all of the prayers, calls, and concern that the community has expressed in such a short amount of time.
There aren't enough words to thank those who were quick to the scene, who assisted with getting our officer to the hospital, who came in on their off hours to make sure that our city continued to receive quality service while the investigation took patrolmen off the streets, and who have offered to help with whatever we need.
Again, thank you for your care and kindness."