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Chase goes from here to Jeff County

FARMINGTON – What police are calling a carjacking that began at a Farmington restaurant Monday night ended in Jefferson County after law enforcement used spike strips to stop the vehicle. According to Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker, the incident occurred on the parking of Spokes Pub and Grill at approximately 9:43 p.m.

“An employee that was getting off work at Spokes was supposed to meet an individual in the parking lot,” Baker said. “The employee and a 17-year-old St. Louis man got into the employee’s vehicle while still on the parking lot. Some sort of altercation took place inside the vehicle and the St. Louis man flourished a pistol. The employee was told to get out of the car.”

Baker said the St. Louis man then drove off in the employee’s car, traveling north along Highway 67.

“Dispatch relayed the information of the stolen vehicle,” Baker said. “A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper met up with the vehicle at Parkway Drive in Park Hills and a pursuit ensued. Evidently, several other police agencies joined in the pursuit along Highway 67.”

Baker said the driver traveled into Jefferson County toward I-55.

“Law enforcement deployed spike strips just north Route M,” Baker said. “The spike strips deflated the tires on the vehicle and suspect took off on foot. After a short chase the man was taken into custody at 10:20 p.m.”

Baker said the St. Louis man was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treatment.

“After being released from the hospital, he (suspect) was taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he is being held,” Baker said.

Baker said the incident is still under investigation by his department.

“At this point the suspect is looking at probable charges of first degree robbery, carjacking and felony assault,” Baker said.

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