CORRY — Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers are hospitalized after their patrol vehicle was rammed early Saturday in downtown Corry by a burglary suspect driving a sport utility vehicle, according to a news release from state police.
The two troopers, who were not 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, according to police.
A pedestrian, a 32-year-old Lockport, New York, 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.
The driver of the SUV, Austin L. Miller, 23, of Corry was taken into custody shortly after the crash.
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.
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 from the collision flipped the state police SUV onto its roof with the two troopers trapped inside, police said. Both troopers had to be extricated from their vehicle.
Miller’s SUV then continued south on Worth Street where it went up on a sidewalk at the southwest corner of the intersection before the SUV hit the pedestrian.
Miller fled on foot after the crash but was taken into custody a short time later, police said.
He is to be charged with aggravated assault while driving under the influence, fleeing police, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.
Miller was placed in the Erie County Prison awaiting arraignment on the charges by Magisterial District Judge Chris Mackendrick, police said.
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