A “desperate” burglary suspect on the run struck and injured two police officers overnight.
"This individual intentionally, not only struck officers that were out of their car on foot, but he struck a police car -- he was just desperate to get away,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. “This is a violent individual who didn't want to get taken into custody very easily."
Bensalem, Bucks County, Pa. police officers used a GPS to track the suspect to H & Tioga Streets in Philadelphia’s Kensington section and called Philadelphia Police to help with the arrest.
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Police say the 41-year-old suspect, who was wanted for home and business break-ins in Bucks County and Northeast Philly, was sitting in a Hyundai SUV around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday when plain clothes officers with lights on and badges drawn approached the vehicle. That is when investigators say the suspect tried to make a dash for it by driving into one Philadelphia officer and then speeding off while another officer tried to reach in the driver’s side window.
The suspect dragged the officer about a block, striking a police car and parked cars along the way, until finally coming to a stop, according to investigators.
Officers then surrounded the yet-to-be-identified suspect and got him out of the SUV but the suspect allegedly continued to fight back so officers stunned him with a Taser.
The two officers were taken to Einstein Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
The suspect, who is currently on parole, suffered minor injuries that required treatment at Temple University Hospital.