A traffic stop on a busy stretch of a Center City street escalated into a short chase that left a police bicycle crushed and an arrest, police said.
Police stopped a silver Chevrolet on Walnut Street between Broad and 15th streets around 11 a.m. Wednesday. A bicycle officer pulled in front of the car to prevent the driver from pulling away.
A witness said the driver then tried to drive off, running over the police bike. The Chevrolet then struck the back of an SUV. Boxed in by traffic, the suspect and a passenger tried to flee the scene on foot but were stopped by the bicycle officer who took them into custody after a brief struggle, investigators said.
"It was pretty crazy," said Sandy Pope, a witness. "It's not every day that you see the cops chasing down a guy right in front of you."
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The driver, who has not yet been identified, was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest. The bike officer suffered minor injuries during the ordeal.