ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - “I just wanted him to take responsibility, because (he) could have hit our kids,” Bianca English said, reflecting on a wild car chase involving a teenager on Thanksgiving.
It began at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving with a bang. The nose of a car came into their kitchen at the Goodfellow Place Apartments. It landed on the spot were two young children were just getting juice from the fridge.
“First thing I heard was a boom and with everything going on with Paris, I thought, ‘Oh my God, we are under attack,’” said Taneka Patterson.
Patterson and her niece, English, jumped into action. They ran outside to find a dazed teenager whose relative lives next door.
“We go out and he’s reversing and we’re like ‘Oh my God, he’s reversing. Move out the way!” Patterson said. “He didn’t acknowledge us at all. He got (back) in the car. I jumped in the car with my niece.”
Half-dressed and with no shoe, they went after him.
“I wound up grabbing my car keys and the show was on then,” English said.
English drove while Patterson called 911.
“They were like, ‘Just stay on him to see where he’s going, don’t get to close to him and you guys just be careful,’ and she was just asking me every street that we were on and I was giving it to her,” Patterson said.
Bianca added, “We were going 112 miles an hour.”
“Maybe that was her instinct to follow him, because when they stole my car earlier this year they got away,” Patterson said.
The teen suspect reportedly struck three police cars from St. Ann, Normandy, and Maryland Heights, as well as a car on Dorsett, injuring that driver.
“We were all the way out in Maryland Heights and a state trooper actually came to our car after we had pulled behind all of their police cars and was like, ‘You were the people who were following him?’” English said. “We were like, ‘Yeah we led you all up into this point.’ And he was like, ‘Well, thank you and you all can go home now.’”
They never got an explanation from the teen about what caused him to drive into their home or why he wouldn’t stop.
“Just be thankful for family and friends and, you know, stay close to your loved ones and stay close to your children, because stuff like that could happen,” Patterson said.
Meanwhile, English’s mother will have to move out of the apartment she’s known for more than a decade, because an inspector said it’s not safe to stay.