MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Multiple suspects are being accused of crashing into a squad car in Southeast Memphis Tuesday.
Memphis police are looking for the driver and occupants of a black Infiniti who rammed a police car at Winchester and Outland. Police say the Infiniti, occupied by around four suspects, was able to get away.
A second police officer began to chase the Infiniti but crashed into a Mazda shortly after at the intersection of Millbranch and Finley.
Two people in the Mazda were taken to a hospital in non-critical condition. No officers were injured.
Police later found the Infiniti abandoned in Raines Station.
Those crashes were the second and third involving a Memphis police car in one day.
On Tuesday morning, an officer was injured in a crash at Thomas and Whitney in Frayser when her unmarked car collided with an SUV.
This year has been a dangerous year for first responders on the road.
- In January, a Memphis police officer and a civilian were killed in a crash in Southeast Memphis.
- In April, an MPD officer was injured when he was struck by a vehicle while working an accident on I-40.
- In July, four people were hospitalized after a crash involving a Memphis police car. The officer was cited for running a red light.
- In August, an MPD car collided with a vehicle while rushing to assist another officer who’d been shot. The officer and the driver he hit were both injured.
- Also in August, a pickup driver hit a fire truck that was headed to a call. A Memphis firefighter was killed and four others were hurt.
- Earlier this month, two firefighters were hurt when they were hit by a car while working an accident on I-240.
Both the Memphis fire chief and the Memphis police chief have pleaded with drivers to slow down and yield to emergency vehicles.