Man faces 9 charges after I-55 police pursuit -

Man faces 9 charges after I-55 police pursuit

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Ryan Herndon, 26, faces nine charges after a police pursuit while his children were in the backseat. Ryan Herndon, 26, faces nine charges after a police pursuit while his children were in the backseat.

A 26-year-old man faces several charges for a police pursuit involving a possible kidnapping in Affton, which concluded on northbound Interstate 55 near Lindbergh on Sunday afternoon.

Ryan Herndon, of Ferguson, was charged with two counts of second degree assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of resisting arrest by fleeing and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

St. Louis County police received a radio call from a female around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday saying she was being kidnapped from her place of work, but hung up the phone. 

Dispatchers were able to determine the call came from a location near the intersection of Lindbergh and Mueller. Police began canvassing the area looking for the female caller, but were unsuccessful.

About 15 minutes later, officers received a call for a suspicious vehicle in the same area that was driving at a high rate of speed. Police located the vehicle near Clydesdale Park off Green Park Road and attempted to make a traffic stop, but were unsuccessful.

The suspect vehicle drove on Green Park Road, went right to Tesson Ferry, turned on Pardee Road, then Grant Road, leading him to Watson. 

The suspect continued on Watson before turning onto northbound Interstate 270, exiting Olive. The vehicle turned left onto Olive, completed a U-turn and got onto southbound I-270, eventually exiting to southbound Interstate 55. 

The vehicle exited Butler Hill Road, made a left and got back onto northbound I-55. 

During the pursuit, the suspect drove at a high rate of speed, swerving in and out of moving traffic on all roadways. 

Troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol deployed stop sticks near I-55 and Lindbergh. The vehicle drove over the sticks. 

Police took Herndon into custody by using a Taser. 

Herndon's two children were in the backseat of the vehicle during the chase, a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy who were both unharmed.

Officers were eventually able to locate the woman who called about the kidnapping, who is the 21-year-old mother of the two children and girlfriend of Herndon. Police said she was cooperative with the investigation.

Herndon is being held on $50,000 cash-only bond.

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