Dekalb officers injured after chase through 2 counties ends in crash

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Three DeKalb County police officers were injured Wednesday after a chase ended in a crash near Flat Shoals Road, a police spokesman said.

Ttwo of the officers were injured after a Clayton County sheriff’s deputy’s car crashed into them during the chase, DeKalb County police Sgt. J.D. Spencer said.

The DeKalb officers were seated in separate patrol cars at the time of the accident.

A third officer was injured “as a result of an accident with the suspect’s vehicle,” Spencer said.

One of the officers suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital, Spencer said. He was released Wednesday evening. The other two officers complained of minor soreness, but were not taken to the hospital.

Spencer said the suspect who caused the chase and crash was taken in to custody by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

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The series of events began when a Lake City police officer attempted to pull over an unidentified suspect during a traffic stop in Clayton County, Lake City police Chief Tony Whitmire told Channel 2 Action News.

The suspect ran from police and attempted to carjack a driver, but failed, Whitmire said.

The suspect then ran into a nearby Auto Auction, where he stole an SUV with a tow dolly and drove away. As he was driving, the suspect ran over the Lake City officer’s leg and continued in to DeKalb County on Bouldercrest Road.

The chase continued on to the intersection of Panthersville and Flat Shoals roads, leaving several cars damaged, Channel 2 reported. The chase ended after the tow dolly got tangled in the SUV.

The injured Lake City officer was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for his leg injury.

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