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Newport News Police officer injured during foot pursuit

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Newport News Police officer was injured just after midnight Saturday during a foot chase, according to police.

Police say the officer, who was driving a marked car, was stopped at a red light on Jefferson Avenue when he saw a Ford Taurus speeding through the intersection.

The officer tried to stop the Taurus at Main Street, but the car did not stop and turned onto Village Parkway. The car then made a u-turn and did not stop at a stop sign at Village Parkway and Jefferson Avenue. The car crashed into a Ford pickup truck on Jefferson Avenue. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

After the crash, the driver of the Taurus got out of the car and ran from the scene. The suspect, Gary Jerrell Mack, was taken into custody after a short foot chase.

During the foot chase, an officer received non-life threatening injuries to his back and hands. The officer was treated and released from the hospital.

Mack, 26, was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol, refusal to take a blood or breath test, disregarding a red traffic signal, disregarding officer’s signal to stop and reckless driving.

He is currently in the Newport News City Jail.