Ga. Tech police officer struck by car during chase

A Georgia Tech police officer who was hit by a car Saturday night in Atlanta is expected to have a long recovery, police said.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was assisting Atlanta police in a stolen car chase, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said.

That stolen car was first located on the northbound Downtown Connector near University Avenue. The car left the interstate and was near 17th Street when the occupants got out and ran away, Chafee said.

When they ran onto the interstate, officers followed them and the Tech officer was struck. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with a leg injury and later released, Tech police spokesman Lance Wallace said Tuesday.

“His recovery is expected to take several months before he’ll be able to be back on duty,” Wallace said.

Police recovered the stolen vehicle, but the search for the occupants continues.

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