Police chase speeding driver, officer is injured
COOLIDGE (KGUN9-TV) - A man took Coolidge police on a wild chase that left an officer injured.
A Coolidge police officer attempted to stop a driver who was speeding on Arizona Blvd, north of Gibson Avenue, in a station wagon just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Department.
The driver pulled over at "Bob's Service Station," and as the officer was approaching the vehicle, the driver sped off through a field, according to Gaffney.
The officer chased the driver until he stopped his vehicle and dropped off three passengers near Congress and Washington Avenue, Gaffney said.
The officer stopped the pursuit and detained the three passengers while the driver sped off, heading westbound.
Other officers in the area continued chasing the vehicle. The driver of the station wagon drove towards the officer's vehicles, but suddenly turned south, striking a residential gas meter and a six-foot chain-link fence, according to Gaffney.
The driver continued to try and flee so an officer fired a shot at the vehicle's rear tire.
The bullet ricocheted from the rim of the tire and struck another officer in the cheek. The officer sustained a minor injury and was treated and released from a local hospital, according to Gaffney.
At this time, the driver of the vehicle, 34-year-old Korrin Harmon, decided to surrender and he was taken into custody without further incident, Gaffney said.
Harmon, who admitted to police that he was on parole, has a past history of drug offense, felony fight and theft. He is now in the process of being charged with several counts of aggravated assault and endangerment.