ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — One police officer was hospitalized with an injured leg, and several others were stung by bees during a foot chase in Rochester Wednesday night.
Investigators said it started when patrol officers attempted to stop a car on 5th Street for unspecified vehicle and traffic violations. They said the driver sped away when officers approached the car, then got out of the car on Ackerman Street and fled on foot through nearby backyards.
An officer who gave chase went over a fence, breaking his leg. He was taken to Rochester General Hospital. Investigators said several other officers encountered a beehive and were stung. None of the officers were seriously injured.
The suspect escaped.
“While rendering aid to the injured officer, several other officers and additional first responders were stung by a large contingency of bees. This was likely caused by a nearby nest disrupted in the foot pursuit,” officials said in a statement.
Police said they did find a female passenger in the car. The 17-year-old Rochester teenager was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and Criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
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