Police: Suspect escapes after crashing into police cruiser during pursuit

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ST. LOUIS – Investigators are trying to locate a suspect accused of breaking into cars and then leading police on a chase Friday morning.

Officers first tried to stop the suspect just after 12:45 a.m. at the Red Roof Inn on Lackland Avenue in Maryland Heights.

The suspect then sped off, hitting an officer’s vehicle, which led to a brief police pursuit on eastbound Interstate 70 into north St. Louis.

Velda City authorities located the vehicle and joined the pursuit.

The chase ended around 1:45 a.m. when the driver hit a parked car and then ran into the nearby Midtown Sports Bar on East Prairie Avenue at North Market Street.

The Velda City officer was on the only police officer at the scene and did not go into the bar alone. When additional police arrived, they evacuated the business but were unable to locate the suspect.

Officials have not released a description of the suspect who got away.

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