3 Injured in Wild Kensington Car Chase

By David Chang
|  Saturday, Aug 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:20 PM EDT
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3 Injured in Wild Kensington Car Chase

NBCPhiladelphia.com

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What began as a routine patrol for police in the Kensington section of Philadelphia ended in a frantic car chase that left three people injured.

Police were driving along the 3100 block of Kensington Avenue Saturday night when they say they were flagged down by a woman who had just jumped out of a car.

The woman told police that the driver of the car she jumped out of was trying to harm her. Police spotted the driver and a wild pursuit began.

Police say that during the chase, the door of the suspect’s car struck a police officer who was riding a bike on the 3000 block of Kensington. That officer was not injured however.

As the chase continued, police then say the suspect drove eastbound on Lehigh when he crashed into a minivan traveling southbound on Frankford Avenue.

The passenger inside the minivan, a 19-year-old woman, was briefly knocked unconscious in the collision. She suffered a cut on her left arm as well as chest pains. She was taken to Hahnemann Hospital where she is in serious condition. The driver of the minivan was unharmed.

Police also say that a 31-year-old man walking on the sidewalk was struck by the suspect’s car and was briefly unconscious. He suffered a fracture to his right lower leg and a laceration on his forehead and left arm. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is in serious condition.

After the collision, police were able to apprehend the suspect. Police say that the man became combative and had to be tasered. The suspect was then taken to Temple University Hospital where he is in stable condition.

No word yet on any specific charges.
 

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