NEW INFO: Two officers were injured in separate accidents during a pursuit Thursday afternoon. The suspect being pursued initially evaded capture, but was taken into custody Thursday night.
Police arrested Brandon Molina, 27, of St. Louis, at a Farmington address. Two females were also taken into custody, charged initially with harboring a fugitive and hindering prosecution.
Molina faces a list of charges stemming from the pursuit earlier in the day, as well as several active warrants from other counties for prior incidents or convictions.
ORIGINAL STORY: Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said his K9 handling officer, Brad Judge, saw a vehicle that had a person in it that he knew to have an absconder warrant as well as some other warrants.
“He attempted to make a traffic stop on him and the subject fled,” Bullock said. “In trying to stop him and in the pursuit, Brad’s vehicle was struck by a separate vehicle, that was not in the pursuit, at Chestnut and Grant Streets.”
Bullock said it was a large green pickup truck which hit the patrol car. At that point another officer continued on pursuing the suspect, identified as Brandon Molina, 27, of St. Louis. A woman was also observed in the silver minivan driven by Molina.
“The other officer continued with the pursuit and it was really jumbled after that,” Bullock said. “I know they made it to Cypress Street in Park Hills and somehow made it out to Parkway Drive and onto U.S. 67. They were on Conway Road at one point, but I don’t know the exact chronological order and I heard all those roads in the pursuit.”
Scanner traffic indicated that Molina managed to navigate through the median cables from southbound U.S. 67 to northbound U.S. 67 in front of Roseners. That's when officers lost them.
While the pursuit continued, Judge radioed central dispatch to start EMS services because he was injured. Fire, additional police and EMS converged at the scene of the crash. Judge's police canine, Scuby, was in the patrol vehicle and was removed while Judge was checked out by first responders.
Bullock said Judge was transported to Parkland Hospital in Farmington by St. Francois County Ambulance. As of 5 p.m. Judge was conscious and was waiting for x-ray results to learn the extent of his injuries.
While emergency crews were handling the first crash, a second crash involving an officer was dispatched. Bonne Terre officers and St. Francois County deputies who had converged on the Desloge wreck scene quickly jumped in their vehicles and sped off north to the second crash.
Two officers were injured while on duty Thursday afternoon in separate crashes that involved…
St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock said one of his officers was southbound on U.S. 67 when he thought he saw the suspect vehicle at Shannon Road.
“He failed to negotiate the turn and landed on the parking lot,” Dan said. “Because of the back pain he was having he was transported to Mercy Hospital Jefferson by St. Francois County Ambulance. I don’t know any more at this time.”
Soon after the second crash, a report was made of a silver minivan abandoned at the end of Pratt Road near Hillsboro Road. A nearby resident saw the minivan and witnessed two people, a man and a woman, walking up the road toward Hillsboro Road. About an hour later, after learning of the earlier pursuit, the resident called and reported seeing the van and noticing the couple walking.
Officers arrived and called in a team to process the minivan. The Desloge chief said they had K9 Teo at the scene, but wasn’t sure how the search was progressing. He added they were trying to send Farmington’s K9 to the scene as well.
The sheriff added that several area agencies were assisting in searching for the couple, including the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with any information on Brandon Molina’s whereabouts, or his female companion, is asked to call a local law enforcement agency or Central Dispatch at 573-431-3131.