Car bursts into flames after suspect wrecks during police chase

Car bursts into flames after suspect wrecks during police chase

Car bursts into flames after suspect wrecks during police chase

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by Kaitlin Riordan / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 4:33 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A suspect is in custody after his car caught on fire when he wrecked during a police chase in East St. Louis Monday morning.

Authorities said Alorton police tried pulling over the driver of a black Ford Taurus for reckless driving. The driver would not stop and police chased him until the pursuit made its way into a residential area.

Authorities said the suspect then swerved to avoid hitting a school bus and child in the 2200 block of Bond Avenue.

The car clipped another car and SUV, flipped struck a utility pole and caught fire.

The driver of the car fled the scene and was eventually caught by a railroad officer. The suspect had minor injuries.

Three people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

East St. Louis Police Captain says alcohol appears to have been involved.

 

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