ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) – Doctors right now are treating a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper who was injured during what started out as a routine traffic stop on I-70 in St. Charles.
The injuries suffered by the 26-year-old trooper, who has been on the force three years, are not life-threatening.
She was hurt at about 1:30 this morning, after pulling over a motorist who she had suspected was driving drunk.
Sgt. Al Nothum says she was putting 42-year-old Mark Staszcur of Foristell through a field sobriety test at Highway 94 when he ran back to his car and started it.
“She reached in to turn off the ignition and grab the keys, and that’s when he took off and she was holding on to the steering wheel, and her arm in between the steering wheel was just kind of stuck there,” Nothum says.
Nothum says she was able to make it back to her car to call for help. She also gave a description of the suspect’s vehicle. He was stopped in St. Peters and is in custody.
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