MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man was arrested and charged after allegedly causing a multi-vehicle accident that injured five people including a police officer early Friday morning.
An officer was directing traffic outside the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre after the Super Jam concert ended when he was struck by a car driven by 21-year-old Deangelo Perez Smith just before 1 a.m.
After hitting the officer, the Smith's vehicle left the scene and a police pursuit ensued. The short pursuit ended when the Smith's car hit a police vehicle, causing a six-vehicle crash near the intersection of Riverport Drive and Maryland Heights Expressway. Another officer and a K-9 officer were inside the police vehicle when it was hit by Smith's vehicle.
All of those taken to the hospital had non-live threatening injuries, police said. The officer inside the police vehicle sustained injuries to his neck and the K-9 officer is expected to be okay. The officer that was hit while directing traffic was not taken to the hospital for treatment.
Officials said Smith was most likely intoxicated based on his behavior and smelling like alcohol.
Smith has been charged with felony DWI-physical injury, felony resisting arrest and three counts of assault in the 4th degree. Smith is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
The investigation is ongoing.
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