ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– Witnesses are still reeling after a high speed chase ended with several parked cars smashed in north St. Louis.
Police say it all started around 10:30 Thursday night, when two cars, one apparently chasing the other, blew through two police checkpoints along Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, both cars going upwards of 80 miles per hour.
The cars continued east on MLK until the chase ended abruptly, right in front of a nightclub near Kingshighway. Now, witnesses and victims are looking for answers.
Steve Rogers was on stage, blaring the blues at a north St. Louis lounge when suddenly he was told to keep quiet. He explains, “[An employee] said whatever you do, get away from the window. So we started ducking, and he come back in and said, who all’s cars parked outside, y’all come out and check on your cars. And that’s what it was.”
Eight vehicles parked outside ‘The Other Place Lounge’ suffered serious damage when police say a car involved in a high-speed chase lost control and crashed right into the vehicles.
“It was a shock,” Rogers says. Lounge employee Edward White adds, “Something you’ve never seen before, that’s for real, and it’s unusual.”
Who will pay to fix the damage? Police say that responsibility should rest on whoever smashed into the cars, but that person is still on the loose.
Meanwhile, the shattered glass and broken hub caps outside the lounge keeps the incident fresh on the minds many. Still, lounge employee Edward White hopes the damaged cars won`t hurt business. He says, “I bet it’ll keep on strong, because this is one incident that happened, but by the grace of God no one got hurt.”
Police say the driver of the crashed car fled the scene on foot and officers did recover a fire-arm from that vehicle. We`re told police did take another suspect involved in the chase into custody.