An off duty St. Louis police officer is fighting for his life after being ejected from his vehicle during a traffic accident early Sunday evening. Police say it happened at Jamieson and Fyler about 5:30 p.m.
The 25 year old officer and his girlfriend had been traveling south on Jamieson when their vehicle collided with an SUV. The officer's vehicle rolled several times.
Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the officer suffered head injuries. No one else was seriously hurt.
Accident reconstruction crews are investigating.
Dotson told the paper the injured officer has been with the department about a year, and works in the 5th district.
A suspect is in custody following an hour-long chase that left police officer injured.
Authorities say the chase started about 4:00 p.m. Monday in Potosi after the suspect took off during a traffic stop.
The suspect stopped briefly for a DeSoto Police officer, but then rammed the police cruiser, causing it to strike the officer.
"The subject stopped outside Potosi, the officer exited his car and then the subject went in reverse. He then hit the officers car." said Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
It's not clear how serious the officer's injuries are.
The chase ended about 5:00 p.m. at Telegraph and Tenbrook in Arnold. The Missouri Highway Patrol says the man got out of the vehicle and surrendered.
A Brooklyn, Illinois police officer is hospitalized in serious, but stable condition after a traffic crash. It happened about 4:30 Sunday morning at Route 3 and Jefferson Avenue.
Police say a Brooklyn officer tried to stop a car, but the driver sped away and slammed head-on into another Brooklyn police car. The 31 year old officer driving that car was ejected.
One person in the suspect's car was seriously hurt.
The suspect, Melvin Fraction, is jailed in St. Clair County on $750,000 bond. It's not clear why he tried to flee, but one of the passengers in Fraction's car was wanted on warrants in Chicago.