Two police officers were injured, one critically, after their patrol car hit a roadside tree during a car chase involving a DUI suspect on Wednesday night
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Two police officers were injured, one critically, after their patrol car hit a roadside tree during a car chase involving a DUI suspect on Wednesday night, Guishan Precinct, Taoyuan Police Department said.
Police said that officers Tu Yi-hsiu and Chen Ming-hui found a car obviously wavering along near an intersection in Taoyuan’s Guishan District on Wednesday night. The two officers suspected it was a DUI case and pulled up to check, but the driver accelerated and sped up to escape, police said.
The officers immediately turned on the sirens and chased the runaway car, while using a microphone to ask the driver to stop, police said. The driver didn’t listen and kept speeding to engage police in a high speed pursuit, police said. Both cars ended up hitting roadside trees in separate accidents, police added. Tu, who drove the patrol car, broke his left hipbone, and Chen Ming-hui suffered from intracranial hemorrhage and was in a coma, police said. Both officers were rushed to a hospital.
The driver who initiated the car chase later tested positively for alcohol and was referred to prosecutors on suspicions of offenses against public safety [FULL STORY]