Two officers were injured while on duty Thursday afternoon in separate crashes that involved a pursuit that was ongoing within the county.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Desloge K9 Officer Brad Judge, 46, of Desloge, was driving his 2009 Ford Crown Victoria southbound on North Grant Street with his emergency lights and siren on at 2:25 p.m. in a pursuit.
Peggy Thrasher, 56, of Desloge, was driving her 2001 Dodge Ram westbound on East Chestnut Street when Judge went through a stop sign while pursuing a vehicle. Thrasher entered the intersection since it had no stop sign and the front of her vehicle struck the left rear side of Judge’s patrol car, causing his car to partially go off the southwest corner of the intersection.
Judge was wearing his seatbelt and was taken to Parkland Health Center by St. Francois County Ambulance with minor injuries. Thrasher was not injured and was also wearing her seat belt.
In an unrelated accident at 3:58 p.m. an officer was injured in a crash when he thought he spotted a suspect vehicle that was wanted from an earlier pursuit.
According to the report, St. Francois County Deputy Joshua Rennie, 39, of Farmington, was driving his 2013 Ford Explorer southbound on U.S. 67 at Shannon Road with his emergency lights and siren activated.
He attempted to make a right turn on Shannon Road and began skidding. He went across Shannon Road and off the south edge of the road, up an embankment and struck a steel post.
Rennie was wearing his seat belt and was taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson by St. Francois County Ambulance with moderate injuries.