Police pursuit leads to fatal crash near Bellefontaine Road


ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – St. Louis County police say they were responding to an assault call which led to a chase that culminated with a fatal crash on Bellefontaine Road and Chain of Rocks Road.

“Unfortunately, we have had a very tragic event today that resulted in the loss of life,” said Officer Tracy Panus, a county police spokeswoman.

Initially, county police were looking for a 4-door black Infiniti on a separate assault charge that happened in the city. When officers identified the car in the area, the suspect sped off.

“One of our officers, in a fully-marked police unit, spotted that vehicle and tried to stop it. Turned on their lights and sirens; the vehicle sped away,” Panus said. “It accelerated and sped away and did not stop as it should have.”

Several officers in the area tried to get the suspect to stop before a deadly ending for an innocent bystander. The pursuit only lasted about 2 to 3 minutes.

“It struck another vehicle. In that victim’s vehicle we do have one fatality. It’s an adult male,” Panus said. “We had another adult male who was transported was also in that vehicle and there was a passenger in the suspect’s vehicle who was transported to an area hospital.”

One woman said she was at the intersection when she saw the suspect driving at a dangerous speed before crashing, and both cars going airborne.

“The police were right on his tail. He couldn’t even run or anything like that because the police were right there and able to capture him. Then they went and assist the other people that were messed up pretty bad,” Ramona Bass said.

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