Philly officer injured, pinned between patrol car and U-Haul during traffic stop

Kristen Johanson
December 16, 2018 - 2:54 pm
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Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities say a man intentionally injured a Philadelphia police officer with a van during a traffic stop in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia.

Two highway patrol officers were driving west on Sedgley Street near Dauphin just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday and came upon a U-Haul van, which reported to be stolen.  

Investigators say the officers tried to pull the driver over and ordered him to get out of the van but the man ignored commands and instead accelerated the van, pinning one of the officers between her patrol car and the van.

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The suspect got out of the van and ran but the injured cop was able to track his location. A police helicopter, K-9 units, and other officers also chased the suspect. Eventually, the officers were able to locate the suspect who was hiding under a bridge nearby.

The injured officer's partner was able to reverse the van and free her. She was taken to Temple University Hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.  

The 24-year-old suspect is in police custody. Charges have not been filed at this time.