CORRY —Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers are hospitalized after their patrol vehicle was rammed early this morning in downtown Corry by a burglary suspect driving a sport utility vehicle, according to a news release from state police.
The two troopers, who have not been identified, were flown by helicopter ambulance to UPMC Hamot in Erie following the 3:20 a.m. crash at Worth and West Smith streets in Corry, police said.
The officers both sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police said.
A pedestrian, a 32-year-old Lockport, N.Y., man also was injured when he was struck by the SUV following the impact, police said. The unidentified man was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
The driver of the SUV, Austin L. Miller, 23, of Corry was taken into custody shortly after the crash, police said.
According to police, the incident began around 3 a.m. as a burglary in progress in Corry.
Corry Police Department was dispatched to the scene, but when officers arrived Miller fled in an SUV, police said.
Corry police pursued the vehicle with state police troopers from both the Corry and Erie barracks assisting in the pursuit, police said.
Miller failed to stop his SUV at a stop sign at the intersection of Worth and West Smith Streets and it collided with a state police SUV in the intersection, police said.
The impact flipped the state police SUV onto its roof with the two troopers trapped inside, police said. Both troopers had to be extricated from the vehicle, according to police.
Miller’s SUV continued south on Worth Street where it went up on a sidewalk at the southwest corner of the intersection and hit the pedestrian, police said.
Miller fled on foot after the crash, but was taken into custody a short time later, police said.
Miller is to be charged with aggravated assault while driving under the influence, fleeing police, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, police said.
Miller was placed in the Erie County Prison where he will be arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Chris Mackendrick, police said.