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An Edmundson police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries when a car struck his vehicle near the intersection of Interstate 70 and Airflight Drive on April 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of Edmundson police department.

 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • An Edmundson police officer was injured when a speeding car crashed into a squad car near St. Louis Lambert International Airport Monday afternoon.

The officer's injuries weren't clear, but police said they were not life-threatening.

The police car was apparently struck just after 2 p.m. by one of two vehicles involved in a chase, St. Louis County police Sgt. Benjamin Granda said. The chase did not involve police, Granda said. Instead one person in a car was chasing another.

Police believe the chase may have stemmed from an armed robbery that took place somewhere in St. Louis.

One of those vehicles hit the police car at  Airflight Drive after exiting westbound Interstate 70, Sgt. Matthew Anton said. The vehicle was going about 70 mph when it hit the officer's car.

The intersection itself is in an unincorporated part of the county on the edge of Edmundson, a small city of about 800 people south of the main terminal. 

The officer was taken to a hospital. The Edmundson officer who was injured has been with the department for less than a year, but has 17 years of law enforcement experience, Anton said. The Edmundson police department has 11 officers. 

The officer likely will stay overnight in the hospital for observation, Anton said.

"Luckily he was wearing his seat belt and all of the airbags were deployed (in the officer's car)," Anton said.

The driver of the car that struck the officer ran away from the wreck, but was arrested in Edmundson within minutes, Anton said. The other driver involved in the pursuit was also arrested.

Edmundson police car

An Edmundson police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries when a car struck him near the intersection of Interstate 70 and Airflight Road on April 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of Edmundson police department.