ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) --Two people were taken into police custody after leading officers on a chase from Lake St. Louis to north St. Louis County Thursday morning, but only one is facing charges.
On Thursday night, police said they recovered an illegally-altered handgun from the car the suspects used in the chase. Police have since released the name of one of the suspects, 20-year-old Ronald Brandy.
St. Ann police said Lake St. Louis police began pursuing Brandy and the second suspect, who were wanted for theft from a retail store.
Lake St. Louis police pursued the vehicle and Highway Patrol officers joined the chase, but called off the pursuit near the Blanchette Bridge due to heavy traffic. St. Ann police spotted the vehicle, which was reported stolen, and continued the chase about a mile into St. Louis County. St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez said the vehicle got off I-70 at St. Charles Rock Road and traveled over 100 MPH through stoplights on the Rock Road. Police officers deployed spike strips after the vehicle side-swiped a car on St. Charles Rock Road.
Jimenez said a St. Ann officer was nearly struck by the vehicle as it traveled over the spike strips.
Shortly after spike strips were deployed, the car struck a blue SUV at the intersection of St. Charles Rock Road and Lacklind in Charlack, leading it to flip-over three times. The driver of the SUV was taken to a St. Louis hospital, where they are expected to recover from their injuries.
Brandy and the second suspect, a woman, were both taken to a local hospital, where their injuries are said to be serious, but not life-threatening.
Brandy has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, assault in the second degree, and resisting arrest. His bond is set at $100,000.