2 Springfield officers hurt when pursuit ended in a crash

A 20-year-old man is charged with 2 counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two Springfield Police officers were hurt when a suspect’s car crashed into their cruiser in the city’s Mason Square section, ending a police pursuit Thursday night.

“The air bags deployed,” Springfield Police Captain Robert Strempek told 22News.

Captain Strempek said officers on patrol recognized a gang member with outstanding warrants driving a car at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

They pursued the car until it collided, head-on into a second cruiser near the intersection of Colton and Union Streets.

The officers and the suspect were taken to the hospital, and were still there four hours later, according to Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh.

Walsh said the injured officers were expected to be okay.

Police arrested the 20 year old subject of the pursuit on an outstanding warrant.  But Walsh said he faces several other charges.

The driver was charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a car); driving to endanger, refusing to stop for a police officer,  driving an unregistered uninsured vehicle, and driving on a suspended license.

22News will bring you updates as more information becomes available.