May 31, 2014

Brooklyn Police capture St. Louis man fleeing from officer

A 26-year-old St. Louis man failed to stop at a stop sign and when Brooklyn Police attempted to stop him, he sped off until the four tires on his car were flattened by police stop sticks early Saturday.

Anndell R. Lawrence, of 2632 Jefferson Ave. in St. Louis, was charged with fleeing and eluding.

Police Chief Tony Tomlinson said a lot of people who violate Brooklyn laws attempt to flee and cross the bridge into St. Louis. Until recently, the Brooklyn Police Department did not have stops sticks.

A Brooklyn officer attempted to stop Lawrence in the 400 block of Madison Avenue, but he refused to stop, Tomlinson said.

"The reporting officer radioed ahead to canine Officer Dean Anderson who was posted in a location to capture anyone who tried to flee and go into St. Louis, Mo.," Tomlinson said.

After the 2013 Ford Taurus that Lawrence was driving hit the stop sticks on Illinois 3, "he refused to get out of the car," Tomlinson said. "The officer had to break the window to get to him."

Tomlinson said Lawrence has an probation warrant out of Madison County. He was being held in the Brooklyn jail.

Tomlinson said the recent purchase of the stop sticks provide police with a tool that will help them to capture anyone who flees police.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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