Officers Injured After Suspect Strikes Cruiser During Crash in Springfield

Two Massachusetts police officers were hospitalized after their cruiser was struck by a suspect's car during a chase.

A spokesman for the Springfield Police Department says the chase started when police tried to pull over a driver with outstanding arrest warrants at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The driver led officers on a low-speed pursuit for several minutes before he crashed into a police cruiser head-on.

Both officers and the suspect were hospitalized. The department spokesman says the officers' injuries were minor and they have been released from the hospital.

Twenty-year-old Robert Hernandez faces multiple charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, refusing to stop for a police officer and driving to endanger.

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