2 In custody following South County police pursuit - KMOV.com

2 In custody following South County police pursuit

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Two people are in police custody after a police chase Thursday afternoon in south St. Louis County.

Police said it started when a woman came home to a house in the 700 block of Dace and found two burglars upstairs. Authorities said the thieves then ran before the woman called 911.

St. Louis County Police said they then began pursuing a vehicle that had the two suspects inside. Shortly after the pursuit began, County Police called the Missouri Highway Patrol for assistance. 

"The officers responded and started canvassing the area," said Sgt. Keith Wildhaber with St. Louis County Police. "They identified the two subjects walking in the area, they enter a car. They attempted to stop the suspects, that's how the pursuit is initiated."

The pursuit began on northbound Interstate 270.  The suspect's vehicle allegedly hit the rear of another vehicle on the highway.  The chase then headed south on Highway 21/Tesson Ferry, past Highway 141.  A trooper, who was out of his patrol car deploying spike strips near Highway 141 and Highway 21, was nearly intentionally struck by the fleeing vehicle, according to police.

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The suspect pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Highway 21 and Suson Hills Drive around 1:15.  A passenger in the vehicle, a man in his mid-30's, tried to run, but a canine officer was able to chase the suspect down.  The driver of the vehicle, a 54-year-old man, remained in the car and was arrested.

Police said both suspects were recently released from prison.

The suspect bit by the canine officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  No one else was injured.

News 4 has a crew on the way to the scene and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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