- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis-area police officer and his ride-along passenger are hospitalized and a home badly damaged after a police chase ended in an accident that caused the home and two cars to catch fire.

The bizarre chain of circumstances happened around 2:45 a.m. Friday in Berkeley. The suspect who was being chased got away and is being sought.

Authorities say a Kinloch officer tried to pull over the vehicle, prompting a chase. The suspect crashed into the police squad car and then a car and a house in Berkeley, causing the house and both cars to catch fire. The family inside the home was unhurt.

The Kinloch officer, 49-year-old Robert Brooks, suffered serious injuries. His passenger, 31-year-old Matthew Johnson, suffered moderate injuries. Johnson was participating in a civilian ride-along program.

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