Updated at 12:30 with additional details throughout the story.
BRECKENRIDGE HILLS — Two police vehicles collided Wednesday morning while in pursuit of a burglary suspect, leaving one Overland officer with minor injuries, authorities said.
The Overland officer's sedan, a Dodge Charger, collided with a Breckenridge Hills police SUV, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. The accident happened shortly after 8 a.m. as both vehicles tried to pass through the intersection of Breckenridge Road and Wismer Avenue, said Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson.
Overland police initiated the pursuit of the burglary suspect, Thompson said.
After the collision, one of the cars spun out and struck a resident's parked car. It was unoccupied, Thompson said.
Overland Police Chief Andy Mackey said his officer had been treated for "bumps and bruises" and released from a hospital by 11 a.m. The airbags inside her car had deployed after the front of the SUV struck the rear passenger side of the sedan. He said the alleged burglar had "multiple felony assault warrants" out for his arrest, which was why his department initiated the chase.
At some point, the alleged burglar entered St. Ann, where officers set up a perimeter. On foot, he jumped several fences before St. Ann officers cornered him in a parking lot at the Holy Trinity Church, said St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez.
He resisted arrest, and a St. Ann officer suffered a "deep" laceration to his hand that left his tendon exposed, likely from the handcuffs he was trying to put on the man, Jimenez said.
Jimenez said officers had the man in custody about 15 to 20 minutes after the collision between the police vehicles in Breckenridge Hills. The suspect is in his late 20s, and was one of Jimenez's former DARE students. The DARE program — Drug Abuse Resistance Education — partners police officers with students.
"I'm disappointed he chose the wrong path," Jimenez said. "Sometimes you do your best..."
Post-Dispatch photographer Brian Munoz contributed to this report.