Arnold Police arrested a 27-year-old St. Louis man after he reportedly crashed a pickup into the Session Fixture Co. warehouse, causing about $80,000 in damage to the building at 15 Tenbrook Industrial Drive. After the accident, the man allegedly fled the scene, police reported.
The accident occurred at about 9:20 a.m. Dec. 5 when the man was driving a GMC Sierra and pulling a flatbed trailer behind the pickup on Tenbrook Industrial Drive. The man reportedly ran over a grassy area and off a retaining wall before going airborne and slamming into the south wall of the warehouse, the report said.
Surveillance video allegedly showed the man get out of the pickup, pull a hood over his head and run away from the warehouse. Shortly after the accident, the man called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and deputies met him at the QuikTrip gas station, 2600 Hwy. 141, north of Arnold, according to the report.
The man reportedly told deputies he was driving the pickup that ran into the warehouse, adding that he was being held at gunpoint and forced to tow the trailer to an undisclosed location when the accident occurred. The man also allegedly told the deputies that while he was driving on Tenbrook Industrial Drive, he saw an Arnold Police cruiser and attempted to get the officer’s attention by swerving on the road. However, he said he lost control of the pickup and crashed into the warehouse, the report said.
Deputies told the man that no Arnold Police cruisers were in the area at the time of the accident and that surveillance video only showed one person leaving the pickup after the accident. The man then allegedly told deputies he wasn’t being held hostage and instead was driving too fast on the road when the pickup’s brakes failed, causing the accident, Arnold Police said.
The man was arrested and taken to the Police Station, where he was booked and released pending application for warrants. Arnold Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for felony leaving the scene of an accident, improper lane usage, displaying a license plate that belongs to another vehicle, failure to register a motor vehicle, driving without proof of insurance, careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident, driving too fast for conditions, failure to register a trailer and failing to wear a seat belt, Cpl. Brett Ackermann said.