(Jefferson/St. Louis Counties) A Eureka police officer and school resource officer were injured early on Tuesday morning when they attempted to apprehend suspects believed to have been engaged in car clottings in Jefferson County.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Grant Bissell says it all started in the Mirasol Manor neighborhood around 4am when deputies received a call of multiple people walking throughout the neighborhood.
That’s when the deputy called in additional backup and the department’s drone unit was called in to canvass the area.
The drone was able to spot 4 individuals hiding in a wooded area along some common ground in the neighborhood. However, the drone was soon grounded to change the batteries.
A Eureka police officer later identified the stolen Jefferson County vehicle in the area of Highway 109 and 4th Street.
The officer attempted to arrest the suspect; however, he was knocked down by the vehicle before it hit the side of another patrol vehicle driven by a school resource officer.
The Eureka officer was taken to an area hospital with a broken ankle and reports are that the school resource officer was also injured in the incident.
The vehicle was later located abandoned and three of the four suspects are in custody.