ST. ANN, Mo. (KMOV) -- Police are searching for a man they say fled from police and struck a guard rail on Interstate 70 in north St. Louis County on Wednesday.
According to authorities, the incident began before 3 a.m. Wednesday when St. Charles County police noticed a suspect in a late 90's Dodge Intrepid speeding out of a Walmart parking lot located in the 2800 block of Veterans Memorial Pkwy.
Police later learned the suspect worked at the same store, but had called in sick. Officers attempted to pull the suspect over but he drove outside the county limits.
It wasn't long before St. Ann police spotted the same vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed along Interstate 70. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop,but the suspect refused to pull over.
The suspect continued speeding so the officers pulled back and canceled the pursuit.
Authorities said the suspect then crashed into a guard rail on the interstate at North Hanley. Witnesses say he was nearly hit by an oncoming semi-truck as he fled on foot across the interstate.
While on the scene of the crash, officers heard a cell phone ringing inside the suspect’s vehicle. Officers answered and spoke with a woman who identified herself as the suspect’s girlfriend. She asked police where her boyfriend was because she was waiting for him to pick her up from work.
Officials said the girlfriend gave police valuable information on the suspect. Police found out the suspect has a lengthy criminal history involving multiple arrests. She also told authorities the vehicle used in incident belonged to her, and not the suspect.
Police have not yet released the name of the suspect, who remains at large.