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High-Speed Police Chase Ends When Man Throws Himself Out of Moving Car With 19-Year-Old Passenger Still Inside

Travis McClure, of St. Peters, reached speeds of more than 73 mph on residential streets, running stop signs, nearly hitting other oncoming cars almost running over pedestrians who had to run from the street to avoid being hit.

A driver from St. Peters drove more than 73 mph down residential streets in St. Charles Wednesday, nearly hit cars and pedestrians and drove into oncoming traffic while fleeing from police Wednesday, St. Charles Police said.

Police said the driver ended the car chase by bailing out while the car was in drive, causing it to plunge 20 feet down a creek bank with a passenger inside.

A  officer stopped Travis McClure, 21, of the 1100 block of Colby Court in St. Peters, around 7 p.m. on a routine traffic stop. McClure gave the name of a suspect who was wanted for an armed robbery in 2011, police said.

When the officer returned to his patrol car, McClure sped off and led officers on a high-speed chase through residential neighborhoods, including the Greenfield subdivision off of Country Club Road.

McClure reached speeds of more than 73 mph on residential streets, running stop signs, nearly hitting other cars by crossing the centerline into oncoming traffic multiple times, according to court documents. Police said he almost hit pedestrians who had to run from the street to avoid being hit.

Police said McClure turned onto Hue Court, a dead-end. He then drove between two houses, nearly striking a homeowner standing in his driveway. McClure drove into the backyard and bailed out, leaving the car in drive with passenger Victoria Knight, 19, inside.

The car went off the edge of the creek bed and dropped 20 feet into the creek.  McClure fled into the creek. Police called in air support and a search dog. He was arrested after air support spotted him coming out of a culvert where the creek passes under Muegge Road, near the tennis courts in . 

McClure was charged Thursday with resisting arrest by fleeing, creating a substantial risk of injury or death.

He was on probation for burglary at the time of the chase.

In the probable cause statement, an officer wrote, “He is a danger to the community every time he flees from police.”

The passenger in the car, Knight, of the 100 block of Vanmark Way in St. Louis, also was arrested without incident. She was not seriously injured.

She is charged in municipal court with hindering arrest for helping McClure in "his attempted false identification efforts," according to the press release.

Bond was set at $30,000, cash only.

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RICHARD C PROVEAUX September 18, 2012 at 05:49 PM
BRENDA THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT
RICHARD C PROVEAUX September 18, 2012 at 05:57 PM
WILLIAM IM REFERING TO TRAFFIC AND NON LIFE THREATS TO OFFICERS,NO AN OFFICER IS NOT GOING TO JUST SAY TO HIMSELF WELL IM NOT GOING AFTER THE SUBJECT THAT JUST SHOT OR INJURED SOMEONE WHAT IM AGAINST IS INNOCENT PEOPLE LIKE 73 MPH THRU A RESIDENTIAL AREA AND IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A CORRECT NAME AND LICENSE ISSUE THE SUBJECT CAN BE ARREST AT A LATER TIME,MY POINT ALSO IS WHY GET INVOLVED IN A CHASE OVER 100 MPH TO GET A DRUNK THE END IS ONLY GOING TO BE NEGATIVE. RESPECTFULLY.Richard
William Braudis September 19, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Richard, I accept and agree with your newer comment. Drive by shootings are examples where pursuit is called for as the so called ' eye witness are the worst possible witness' ever. High speed chases, when there is evidence that will point out the guilty party, are forbidden
Dan Cerone September 19, 2012 at 04:57 AM
That means he will have to vote for Obama by absentee ballot and he will probably only get to vote once this time.
Idiot Police November 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM
@ William Braudis, Thankfully you are not in any position of power to make laws, rules or influence anyone that does. You are a MORON!!!!

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