One arrested after chase across state line ends in north county

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - A two-state high speed chase ended when the suspect exited his car and hid in a North St. Louis County furniture store. It began more than 60 miles away near Litchfield, Illinois. At times speeds during the pursuit reached 120 miles per hour according to police radio traffic.

Police have identified the suspect as Jason Jenkins, 32, of Florissant, Missouri.

Antoinette Lorick saw it come to an end, “It was scary. It was terrible, he hit two vehicles that I seen.”

The manager of Florissant Furniture & Rug Gallery took cell phone video of the arrest. The suspect ran into his store and hid under a bed. The store is located in the Clock Tower shopping center at West Florissant and I-270.”'

Several police converged on the scene. One witness said, “It was probably like 20 to 30 police here.”

Police said the suspect was at Litchfield Lake and hit a Department of Natural Resources Police Officer who was checking fishing licenses.

“It was considered an aggravated offense at the time,” said Illinois State Police Lt. William Guard.

It finally ended in the shopping center parking lot. The tires on the suspect’s car were shredded.

“They must have spike-sticked him a long time ago all his tires are gone.” Lt. Guard added, “Methods to stop the vehicle were deployed successfully twice.” said Witness Nick Barrons.

But the driver kept going. When he got to the parking lot witnesses say he jumped out and the car was still running and moving. It hit two vehicles, including a white pickup truck.

Workers in a nail salon locked the door when the suspect began running on foot.

“Put him in jail this is terrible it has to stop,” said Antoinette Lorick.

In the end he was arrested, he didn’t get far on foot. An Illinois DNR spokesman said the worker was not seriously hurt but he was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Police said the suspect was wanted for previous offenses. His driver’s license had also been revoked.

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