Highway 40 was completely backed up in both directions Friday afternoon after a police pursuit that began in Lake St. Louis ended in Town and Country when the suspect vehicle rolled over along the highway.
As you can see from the photos included in this article, numerous police agencies helped assist in the incident that happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday.
According to Town and Country Police Captain Gary Hoelzer, it began with a pursuit by Lake St. Louis police who were chasing a stolen car wanted in connection to organized retail thefts.
The two suspects fled east down Highway 40 and made their way into Town and Country, Hoelzer tells Patch.
They exited the highway at Mason Road and then attempted to get back on the interstate, which is when they rolled the car into the median between the interstate and the Mason Road exit.
Hoelzer said two people were taken into police custody, however one of them was take to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, this was one of two police pursuits Friday involving six people suspected of thefts from Von Maur in Lake St. Louis. The Post reports that after the car crashed in Town and Country, the driver tried to flee and steal another car, but police stopped him by using a taser.
Missouri State Highway Patrol is reportedly handling the crash investigation, but Town and Country, Frontenac, St. Louis County and other agencies responded to the scene. Police were in position along both sides of the highway Friday afternoon.