Police Chase Crashes In North St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A police chase ends in West St. Louis with the suspect crashing into two police cars at Page and Hodiamont Avenues.

The trouble began around 2:00 P.M. Thursday after a St. Louis police officer on patrol at Minerva and Union Avenue spotted a gray BMW with no license plates, which was wanted in connection with several recent car break-ins and even a shooting in South St. Louis.

But when police tried to pull the car over, the driver took off, leading them, and then losing them, and then leading them again on a chase through the western edge of St. Louis, briefly into University City and back again to St. Louis.

It was over within about five minutes after the suspect came barreling down Page headed westbound in the eastbound lanes, hitting two police cars which were in the area responding to the chase, one marked and one unmarked.

Police arrested both suspects in the car.

It was a little unsettling for the kids and the teachers inside the Good Shepherd Infant and Toddler Center, which sits right at the crash site. They heard the sirens a minute or two before the crash, though many of the children were napping.

'We were just doing our best to make sure the kids knew they were safe,  and trying to keep them low to the ground understanding everything was going to be okay,' said owner Cortaiga Collins. 'Then we heard a big crash and then we saw all the police cars, we saw guns drawn, and that they had apprehended the suspects.'

Once the suspects were out of the car, police moved in and found just what they thought they would find; numerous items that looked like they had been taken from other people`s cars.  They did not find any weapons.

The driver may have broken his leg in the crash, so he was taken to the hospital.  The passenger was fine and taken into custody.

The officer in the marked police car that was sideswiped was not hurt.  The officer sitting in the parked, unmarked police car has a minor injury to his foot.

The BMW is believed to be stolen and appears it had recently been painted a new color.

Cortaiga Collins says while a few children were upset by what happened, most of those who were awake did just fine.

'We just tried to keep them calm and let them know that police are our friends.'

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