Updated at 10:45 on Thursday with additional charges in the fatal pursuit
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office issued charges to two suspects who stole a vehicle and led police on a chase in Normandy which resulted in a fatal crash.
According to police, 17-year-old, Darian Cummings, 16-year-old, Brian Booker Jr. and one unidentified suspect, stole a gray SUV on the morning of April 25 and refused to pull over when a police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop due to a speeding violation.
According to the St. Louis County Police Department, Booker stated to the driver, “I’m not going back to jail.” Cummings responded, “I’m not going back to jail.” In response, the Booker drove at excessive speeds, weaved in and out of lanes, and almost struck other vehicles. The stolen vehicle ran a red light and struck the victims’ car, which caused serious physical injury to its occupants at approximately 9:47 a.m.
According to police, in addition to the suspects were taken into custody without further incident after the accident.
There were four occupants in the victim’s vehicle. One passenger, 8-year-old Caleb Lee, died on May 5 as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office charged Cummings for one count of Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, and three counts of Assault in the Second Degree. Cummings is being held on a $1,000,000 cash only bond.