Officers hurt after chase ends in crash

SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA - October 20, 2008 - Authorities say a police received a 911 call around 3:20 p.m. from a woman who had was being threatened by her ex-boyfriend, whom she had a protection from abuse order against.

Police say that boyfriend took off in a silver BMW, driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

The officers, identified as 30-year-old Mark Peterson, a six year veteran and 39-year-old Scott Lawrence, a 2 year veteran, gave chase.

Their police vehicle then hit a van with two men in it at 53rd and Woodland.

That crashed took down a utility pole, narrowly missing a teenage girl crossing the street.

The men in the van were both transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in stable condition.

Arriving officers put the injured officers in the back of a police vehicle and took them to HUP.

Both officers are received non life-threatening injuries.

Peterson will be discharged from the hospital Monday night. Lawrence, who was also driving, will be kept at the hospital overnight, suffering from facial injuries and a badly broken leg.

The driver of the BMW subsuquently lost control and crashed into a junkyard two blocks away. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Reginald Stevens, was caught and arrested.

He faces a laundry list of charges. Court records show Stevens has a long history with drugs, guns and assaults.

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