Two Philadelphia police officers were injured early this morning in Franklinville after they tried collaring a burglary suspect on the run from Bensalem.
Bensalem police tracked the suspect, a 40-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man whose name wasn't released, to Tioga and 8th streets around 2 a.m. and alerted Philly's 24th District officers, said Lt. John Stanford, a Philly police spokesman. But when the officers - in marked and unmarked cars, with sirens and lights activated - approached to stop the man, he tried to drive off in his SUV, dragging an officer some distance, Stanford said. The suspect then hit an unmarked police car and several parked cars, got out of his car and punched and kicked officers, who used a Taser to subdue him, Stanford said.
The suspect was taken to Temple University Hospital, and two officers were treated at Albert Einstein Medical Center for minor injuries and released.
The suspect has 58 prior arrests, including 41 for burglaries, Stanford said. He's expected to be charged with assaulting a police officer, several burglaries in Bensalem and Northeast Philadelphia.