A police pursuit that began in the metro-east ended Tuesday morning in north St. Louis with two individuals in the hospital, the St. Louis Fire Department said. No one died in the crash, as initially reported by the fire department and Illinois State Police.
Washington Park and East St. Louis police were chasing after a Ford Taurus that had been reported stolen. Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. and East St. Louis Police said the pursuit ended after the Taurus crossed the state line and struck a semitrailer near North Broadway and East Carrie Avenue in St. Louis. Dye said the police chase had started after a Washington Park police officer observed the stolen Taurus and tried to initiate a traffic stop.
Before the vehicle crashed in St. Louis, Dye said it also collided with a Lincoln Town Car and a Ford Explorer on Collinsville Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive in East St. Louis. Police said a child in the Town Car was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital after the car was hit head-on by the suspect vehicle. No one was injured in the Explorer.
“At some point, shots were fired,” Dye said. “We don’t know if it was from the officers, the suspect driver or the passenger in the vehicle.”
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The driver and passenger of the Taurus had not been identified by authorities as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police and St. Louis Fire Department also responded Tuesday morning to the scene in north St. Louis. Police said the pursuit ended before 10 a.m.