St. Ann police see pursuits as the right thing to do

ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) – Police are seeing more criminals running from being arrested now more than ever before.

Fox 2's Mandy Murphey tonight went to one department that is treating police chases differently from most.

St. Ann police are involved in one to two police pursuits every day!

St. Ann police say chasing bad guys is the right thing to do.

A white car leads police on a high-speed chase through the streets of St Ann.

Through red lights barely missing school buses.

It's a scene that plays out regularly in North County.

St. Ann police have more police pursuits than other community because Chief Aaron Jimenez believes when an officer tries to stop a person for any offense and they run, his officers will go after them, even for a traffic violation.

St. Ann police supervisors decide when to chase based on the crime and the experience and training of the officer behind the wheel.  In this dash camera video, cars on the interstate look like they're standing still as a guy on a motorcycle leads police on a chase at speeds more than 150 miles an hour.

Finally, the suspect pulls off the road and police make the arrest.

Chief Jimenez says other communities don’t chase because they're afraid of being sued.

Risk of hurting innocent victims is the reason behind it.

Take a look at what happens when this suspect believed to have just beaten his girlfriend runs from police.

He makes a U-turn into oncoming traffic.

The unsuspecting victim in the black truck was seriously injured when it crashed into the pole.

St. Ann police say the victim may have been able to stop if he hadn't been speeding.

The suspect was arrested and the truck driver is now suing St. Ann.

Chief Jimenez says criminals aren't afraid of running from police because the penalty is only a $300. He wants the laws changed.

In the meantime, Jimenez says criminals know to stay away from St. Ann because police are going to come after them.

Two people have been seriously injured in St. Ann police chases.  None fatal. St. Ann follows the highway patrol's chase policy.

St. Louis County Police only pursue when a dangerous felony has been committed and there's no other reasonable alternative for catching the suspect.

St. Louis city police have a very similar policy, saying safety of their officers and the public is the overriding concern during pursuits.