A Killeen police officer is in stable condition after being injured during a chase involving a stolen vehicle Wednesday.

The officer was hurt when a suspect driving a stolen Hyundai Azera hit his vehicle while leading police on a chase down a neighborhood street in north Killeen.

The officer was parked in the 1500 block of Duncan Avenue when the suspect’s vehicle struck his patrol vehicle.

The Hyundai had been reported stolen Wednesday morning. An officer spotted the car northbound in the 200 block of North W.S. Young Drive about 10:30 a.m. An officer attempted to pull the car over, but the driver refused.

A pursuit ensued that led police into a residential area north of Rancier Avenue and onto Duncan Avenue.

The stolen Hyundai side-swiped the patrol vehicle as the officer was about to exit the car. He had been in the area to attempt to disable the car by laying down a spike strip, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.

The Hyundai struck a tree stump a block from where it had hit the patrol vehicle. Police apprehended two male suspects, age 19 and 32, about a block away.

The collision caused a head injury to the officer. Emergency personnel took the officer to Metroplex Hospital and later transferred him to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Smith said.

Police are not releasing the names of the suspects at this time pending a review of charges by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553

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