ST. LOUIS – Three children were left inside a van after an accident by a man police say was involved in a pursuit.
Chief Frank McCall with the Berkeley Police Department says officers received a call around 3 p.m. for a disturbance at Interstate 170 and Scudder. He says when an officer arrived they found a man and a woman fighting on the side of the highway.
McCall says as the officer approached the couple, the man got into a grey Chevrolet Astrovan and sped down the highway.
Berkeley officers pursued the suspect on southbound I-170 and to eastbound I-70. McCall says their department terminated the pursuit on eastbound I-170 at North Hanley after they were able to record the license plate and identify the suspect. He says they did not know there were children inside the van.
Lt. Steven Blakeney with the Pine Lawn Police Department says one of their officers clocked the suspect going 100 miles per hour on eastbound I-70 near Jennings Station Road. Before the officer could pursue the vehicle, the suspect got off the highway and hit a pole at I-70 and Goodfellow.
Blakeney says another Pine Lawn officer in the area heard the crash and arrived at the scene. The officer says the suspect ran from the scene, leaving three young boys yelling from inside the crashed van.
According to Blakeney, the boys had been "tossed around like rag dolls" because they were not properly restrained. They suffered bumps and bruises, but no serious injuries. They were turned over to a family member.
The suspect remains on the loose.
McCall says on Wednesday they will pursue charges for assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He could also be charged for leaving the scene of an accident.