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Berkeley police officer struck by fleeing SUV during narcotics investigation

10:01 AM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A Berkeley police officer was struck by an SUV during a narcotics investigation, leading to pursuit across St. Louis County.

According to Colonel Frank McCall, Chief of the Berkeley Police Department, the incident began Monday night at 9:30 p.m. in the 8300 block of Fairbanks Drive. Officers got out of their vehicle to make contact with the driver of a 2001 Chevy Tahoe when the driver sped towards them, striking one of the officers and ramming into the passenger side of a police car.

McCall said the driver got onto Airport Road, heading east in the westbound lanes. The suspect attempted to ram another marked police vehicle at the intersection of Airport Road and Fay Drive. The driver got onto Interstate 70 and traveled towards the City of St. Louis.

Officers lost track of the suspect once he left I-70 and got into the side street inside the City of St. Louis. Fortunately, officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department located the suspect vehicle and took the driver into custody without further incident.

The injured officer was treated at a local hospital and released.

No charges have been announced for the fleeing driver and the investigation remains ongoing, McCall said.

KSDK

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