Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

High-Speed Chase Rattles Officer, but Snags Suspect

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

High-Speed Chase Rattles Officer, but Snags Suspect

Article excerpt

The shakes didn't come until well after he'd wrecked his patrol car during a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon, Webster Groves police officer Lee Keefer admitted.

By then Keefer had had plenty of time to think about all those close calls before the suspect finally hit a telephone pole and was captured.

"I could envision a child running in front of me, and it wasn't worth it to catch this guy . . . I was hoping he would get contained and give up," he said.

Keefer, 33, estimated that the silver pickup he was chasing reached speeds over 70 mph. Police were unable to verify the suspect's identity late Tuesday.

The suspect was in police custody for stealing an item valued at more than $150 from another vehicle in Ladue, authorities said. Keefer gave this account:

He was on patrol westbound on Lockwood Avenue at Rock Hill Road at 1:28 p.m. when he heard a report that officers were chasing a pickup southbound on Rock Hill. Keefer joined the chase when the vehicle sped through the intersection at Lockwood and Rock Hill. …

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