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Suspect in chase, crash that injured 3 sentenced to 12 years

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald
By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald

NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – In January, 29-year-old man led police on a chase that ended up hospitalizing a family, damaging a church and earning him five felony charges. 

An officer with the Fairmont Police Department was investigating a report of a stolen vehicle when he saw a vehicle matching its description driven by Joshua Kamp. The officer tried to pull Kamp over, but Kamp fled toward St. Louis on Interstate 55/70. 

During the pursuit, Kamp struck another vehicle; inside of which was a family returning home from the airport. The father, who was in the driver's seat, suffered broken ribs. His wife sustained a head injury resulting in memory loss, and their son suffered a fractured eye socket. 

Kamp left the vehicle and broke into a Columbus Square church to hide from officers, but was eventually found by police at the Lumiere Casino downtown. 

According to the Circuit Attorney's Office, Kamp has been convicted of theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing from police, and aggravated battery since 2003. 

In early November, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and three counts of second-degree assault, as well as charges of property damage and trespassing during the chase.  

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