GRANGER -- A St. Joseph County police officer was hospitalized this evening after crashing his squad car during a high-speed chase.
Patrolman Ray Warren was being treated for injuries at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
Warren responding to a request to assist Elkhart County officers in stopping a car that had sped away during an attempted traffic stop, according to Sgt. William Redman of the St. Joseph County Police Department.
Warren's squad car and the suspect vehicle, described as a black sports car, were approaching each other on Anderson Road near Birch Road at about 5 p.m. when, according to witnesses, the suspect vehicle swerved into the officer's path, Redman wrote in a press release.
In trying to avoid a collision, Warren drove off the north side of Anderson Road and the car hit a utility pole and several trees, rolling onto the passenger side and trapping Warren inside.
The other car continued north on Birch Road, police said.
An Elkhart County sheriff's deputy was trying to stop the suspect vehicle after seeing it run a stop sign at C.R. 1 and C.R. 12. That office chased the vehicle but broke off the pursuit because of how fast the suspect was fleeing.
Police are asking anyone with information about the driver or vehicle to call St. Joseph County police at 235-9611 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.