Mishawaka police officer injured in crash during pursuit

Mishawaka Police Department

UPDATE: ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The Mishawaka Police Department reports Patrol First Class Maria Duncan conducted a traffic stop Monday night around 9:39 p.m., in the 3600 block of Grape Road.

Authorities say the reason for the stop was an improper license plate on a pickup truck.

Police say it was determined the driver gave two false names and birth dates.

Shortly after that, police say the driver took off south on Grape Road and a pursuit began.

The officer in pursuit had the patrol vehicle's emergency lights on according to the report.

The pursuit continued south on Grape Road when the pickup truck driver ran a red light at the intersection of Grape Road and McKinley Avenue.

The report states at this time, the pursuing officer entered the intersection and was struck on the passenger side of the vehicle.

The suspect in the pickup truck was not caught.

The officer was taken to the hospital, treated for injuries, and released.

The driver that crashed into the patrol vehicle was uninjured.

MPD Detectives have located the truck involved as of Tuesday morning and it has been impounded.

MPD will release more information when positive identification of the suspect has been made.

ORIGINAL STORY: A member of the Mishawaka Police Department was injured in a crash during a pursuit on Monday night. 

According to officials, the officer was chasing a pickup truck following a traffic stop. 

The driver of the vehicle reportedly gave a false name that did not match the vehicle's license plate. 

The officer was struck on the passenger side while crossing the intersection of Grape Road and McKinley Ave. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. 

This is a developing story, and we will provide more details once they are received. 

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