TPD Officer Hurt After 100 MPH Chase Ends in Wreck on McFarland
A manhunt is underway after a large-scale police pursuit in Tuscaloosa ended in front of Midtown Village Wednesday night, a police spokeswoman has confirmed.
Stephanie Taylor, the department's public information officer, said a pursuit began at 15th Street and 10th Avenue and moved to McFarland Boulevard, then James I Harrison Parkway, Skyland Boulevard, 41st Street and then through several nearby neighborhoods before moving back to McFarland Boulevard.
There, the white SUV that officers were pursuing was involved in a serious crash between University Mall and Midtown Village that involved at least four vehicles, including one that was overturned.
Two suspects left the vehicle, and Taylor said one has been apprehended. The other was still at large just after 9 p.m.
Taylor has also confirmed an officer was injured in the crash and is being treated at DCH Regional Medical Center.
UPDATE 10 p.m.: TPD has confirmed they have a taken a 17-year-old into custody and are searching for a possible second suspect in the area of the mall and Midtown Village.
Taylor said the 17-year-old was in the white Nissan Juke that officers attempted to pull over at the beginning of the pursuit. At this point, they are unsure if he was the sole occupant of the vehicle or if a second suspect is still at large.
She confirmed the injured TPD officer was hurt when the suspect’s vehicle overturned and caused the multi-vehicle collision. The officer is being treated for minor injuries at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Northport Police, University of Alabama Police and Alabama State Troopers all assisted.
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