Three men in custody for alleged carjacking following police chase, crash

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A police chase connected to a carjacking ended with a crash in north St. Louis County.

The crash happened at Lucas and Hunt and Natural Bridge.

According to a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the carjacking occurred around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of Clara, located in the DeBaliviere Place neighborhood.

The 25-year-old victim told police he was walking to his home when three approached him and asked to use his phone. One of those men took out a gun and demanded the victim’s car keys.

The suspects fled in the victim’s 2017 Mazda 3. The victim was not injured.

Around 12:45 p.m., police helicopters observed the vehicle in Castle Point in north St. Louis County.

A police spokesperson said officers attempted to pull the vehicle over but the person behind the wheel began driving erratically. Somebody in the vehicle then displayed a firearm and started shooting at detectives in an unmarked vehicle. One of the detectives returned fire.

The chase ended less than minutes later in the 7200 block of Natural Bridge Road when the suspect drove off the road and went the wrong way through the drive-thru at Lee’s Chicken. The vehicle struck the menu/speaker and a concrete pole.

The driver attempted to flee but was struck by a St. Louis County police vehicle as he exited the stolen Mazda.

The chase started and ended in St. Louis County. There was a large police presence at the scene and there were numerous police agencies responding.

The three suspects were taken into custody. The injured driver, a 19-year-old, was rushed to a local hospital for live-saving treatment. He remains listed in stable condition.

The other suspects are 17 and 16 years of age, respectively.

Police said they recovered a gun in the stolen car.

No injuries were reported as a result of the gunfire.

Police said the detective that exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects is 35 years of age with 11 years of law enforcement experience.

Detectives believe the suspect vehicle struck another vehicle in the area of Highway 70 near Union Boulevard. The vehicle struck by the suspect vehicle did not remain on the scene. Any individuals involved in the accident or that witnessed it should contact detectives as soon as possible.

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