Police car chase ends with K-9 capturing driver

Nicholas Settles
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Police chasing a stolen car ended up apprehending a suspect with a police dog after he allegedly rammed two squad cars.

St. Louis County police located a car in the north county precinct that was believed to have been stolen from Alton. They attempted to stop the car, but the car rammed into a K-9 vehicle head-on, according to a statement from St. Louis County police.

Police said the car then reversed and rammed into the police car a second time head-on, then attempted to go around it and struck it a third time before driving away.

Police pursued the car through St. Louis and eventually into Alton. An Illinois police agency used “stop sticks” to get the car to stop, but it struck an Alton police car before coming to a stop.

The driver was then apprehended by a police K-9, according to the statement. He was in the custody of Alton police Thursday and was treated at a local hospital for injuries suffered from the police dog.

Charged was Nicholas Settles, 28, of Jerseyville. He was charged in St. Louis County with first-degree assault on a special victim and felony resisting arrest.

In Madison County, Settles faces two charges of aggravated fleeing a police officer, a Class 4 felony; second-offense retail theft under $300, a Class 4 felony; and one charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald