ALTON — A man who police say fled a traffic stop and led officers on a lengthy chase was in custody Friday evening.
David W. Crites, 49, of the 3000 block of Chouteau, St. Louis, was charged with one count of possessing a stolen 1998 Dodge Ram and one count of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.
Pfc. Emily Hejna of the Alton Police Department said at 10:48 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Alton police stopped Crites for reckless driving. An officer got Crites out of the vehicle for a field sobriety test and Crites pushed the officer, got back in the truck and fled across the Clark Bridge into Missouri.
“During the pursuit, the driver of the truck hit the brakes abruptly as if to either get the officers to run off the road or hit the truck,” Hejna said.
After a lengthly pursuit, Crites drove off the road and hit an embankment eastbound on Lindbergh Boulevard near the intersection with Highway 367 in North St. Louis County.
St. Louis County Police, the Missouri Highway Patrol, Alton canine units and a St. Louis County helicopter searched for Crites after the crash.
The suspect’s vehicle was reported as being stolen in Edwardsville, Hejna said.
A Madison County judge set Crites' bail at $80,000. He was in custody Friday in St. Louis County.