Suspect flees from police, crashes into bystanders' vehicle

4:15 PM, Jan 22, 2009   |    comments
Terry A. Roderick.
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KSDK -- Three Arnold residents were injured Tuesday morning when their vehicle was struck by a suspect fleeing from police.

According to Arnold Chief of Police Robert T. Shockey, the incident began around 11:45 a.m. on Arnold Tenbrook Road. Police had stopped 35-year-old Terry A. Roderick, who was wanted for several outstanding warrants out of Jefferson and St. Louis counties. When officers approached Roderick's vehicle, he sped off toward Highway 231 (Telegraph Road).

As officers gave chase, they saw Roderick vehicle crash into 2002 Mercury Sable at the intersection of Arnold Tenbrook and Highway 231, Shockey said. The officer immediately stopped to provide aid to the three people in the second car while Roderick got out of his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Rock Community Fire and Rock Township Ambulance personnel were called to the scene to assist with the injured bystanders.

The driver of the vehicle, 74-year-old Donald Riekan, was taken to St. Anthony's Medical Center to be treated for neck injuries and cuts sustained from broken glass being embedded in his skin. One of the passengers in that car, 73-year-old Norma Kelly, was also rushed to St. Anthony's for treatment for bruises and pains associated with the accident. She was later released from the hospital.

Shockey said the third person in the car, 50-year-old Colleen Martin, was transported to St. Louis University Medical Center where she's listed in critical condition with brain, neck and facial trauma.

The 23rd Judicial Circuit Court has charged Roderick with two counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest by fleeing and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, all of them felonies. A fifth charge, a misdemeanor, was issued against Roderick for third-degree assault.

Anyone with information on Roderick's whereabouts is asked to contact the Arnold Police Department at 636-296-3204 or 636-296-2222, or to call their local law enforcement agency.


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