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2 Philadelphia Police Officers Hurt in Pursuit of Road Rage Suspect

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A 24-year-old man is accused of pointing a gun at a couple in another car and then crashing into multiple vehicles—including two Philadelphia police SUVs—during a chaotic chase.

Source: Officer.com

Two Philadelphia police officers were injured during the pursuit of a road rage suspect who slammed into multiple vehicles before he was taken into custody late Tuesday.

The incident began at about 9 p.m. when the driver of a Toyota Camry allegedly pointed a gun at a couple in another vehicle, KYW-TV reports. Police responded to the report, and officers were able to stop the Camry less than a mile away from the scene of the call.

Initially, the driver got out of his car when he was pulled over. But he soon jumped back inside and sped away.

A chase ensued, and a police helicopter was called in to help. During the pursuit, the driver of the Camry backed into the front of a police SUV and cut the car lights to try to evade capture.

The Camry finally crashed into two other vehicles and an SUV for the department’s highway patrol unit. That’s when officers were able to take the 24-year-old driver into custody.

“The officers that were rear-ended were not injured,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “The highway patrol officers were shaken up, bumps and bruises. They will be treated and released, even though their vehicle appears to be totaled.”

During the investigation, police found that the Camry had been reported stolen in carjacking in Pittsburgh days earlier. It also had been connected to a kidnapping in that city.

Police were unsure if the driver they arrested was a suspect in either of the previous incidents. In the meantime, he will face road rage charges while the investigation continues.

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