Two men arrested after police pursuit ends in crash in north St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS – A police pursuit ended with a crash in a north St. Louis neighborhood and two men being taken into custody.

The chase started around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday in the 4100 block of Labadie Avenue. St. Ann police attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a 2017 Ford pickup truck after recognizing one of the occupants in the vehicle as a suspect in a stealing investigation.

The driver led police on a 25-minute chase, which ended at the intersection of N. Riverview Drive and Hall Street when the driver struck a curb and tipped the pickup truck onto its side. During the crash, a gun inside the truck went off. Police found a bullet lodged inside the vehicle. The nearby Metropolitan Sewage District plant was put on lockdown during this time.

Police apprehended the two men at the scene and found two handguns as well, one of which has rounds that can pierce police vests. The firearms belonged to the passenger, who also owned the pickup truck.

St. Ann police said the passenger has a criminal history with prior drug distribution cases in Missouri, Illinois, and Texas. The driver refused to provide police with identification and was kept in custody.

The suspects have not been identified, pending formal charges.