Seeing flashing lights in the rearview mirror can raise goosebumps in even the most law-abiding motorist, but on Sunday morning, the mere sight of a Crestwood patrol car apparently motivated a man to steer his vehicle into oncoming traffic — on a collision course with the cop.
In a statement
posted to Facebook yesterday afternoon, the Crestwood Police Department says that the suspect, now in custody, aimed for a "head-on collision" with the officer.
The man, who has not been identified, reportedly has several outstanding warrants. "It is our belief," the department's post reads, "that the suspect thought he was being pursued, and upon seeing a police car coming toward him in the opposite lane of traffic, directed his vehicle for a head-on collision with our officer."
The post doesn't include any further details about the suspect or the warrants he was so desperate to avoid.
In any case, the suspect will likely face new charges, pending a review by the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office. We'll update this post with more info as we get it.
While the officer involved in the crash was transported to an area hospital for emergency medical attention, the department says that he was later released with non-life threatening injuries.
The past week has seen several harrowing instances of officers injured and nearly killed. On Thursday, a 37-year-old gunman allegedly shot two Bellefontaine Neighbors officers after a standoff; both officers were saved by their ballistic vests.
And on Friday morning, the St. Louis County Police Department reported that a drunk motorist rear-ended one of their officers
. The officer sustained a concussion.
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