(KMOV) – A man is in custody after allegedly hitting a Kinloch police chief with his car then taking off during a traffic stop in north St. Louis County Friday evening.
David Soest, 49, was charged with resisting arrest, operating without a license and 3rd degree assault. St Louis County Jail also said Soest was wanted in Berkeley.
The Kinloch police chief stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Scudder and Hanley on Friday during a routine traffic stop. The police chief found out Soest had outstanding warrants and tried to apprehend Soest and take him into custody. Soest allegedly put the vehicle in drive and struck the police chief in the knee. That began a police pursuit that went into Florissant.
The police chief suffered minor injuries.
Soest parked his car in the 200 block of St. Daniel Lane and took off on foot. He left the car he was driving at the owner's home. He had borrowed the car to run an errand.
Police say he disappeared into a creek behind the house, which leads to underground drainage tunnels.
Soest was arrested over the weekend and taken into custody.
Residents say Soest is a landscaper who’s worked on several homes in the area.