NEW SPRINGVILLE (WPIX)—A motor vehicle stop in Newark turned into a police chase and ended in with gunfire in Staten Island, sending three New Jersey State troopers to the hospital Thursday morning.
At 1:30 a.m., New Jersey State Police began pursuing a white Chevy Malibu traveling about 60 mph southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 14.
Inside the vehicle were a female driver and male passenger. Reports say the car had South Carolina plates.
Police began to chase down the vehicle when the driver did not pull over. According to reports, a small bag was thrown out of the car.
Police followed the car as it began to travel eastbound on Route 278 to the Goethals Bridge and into Staten Island.
At about 1:45 a.m., a motor vehicle accident occurred and police opened fired on the suspects.
The chase ended at a dead end near 193 Park Drive North in New Springville.
No further details about the accident were available.
By 2 a.m., both the driver and passenger were taken into police custody and sustained minor injuries.
The New Jersey State Police says the three troopers were injured and taken to Staten Island University Hospital North.
Reports say one of the troopers was hit by the car and suffered a head injury. The other two troopers were hit by debris and suffered minor injuries.
The cause of the chase is under investigation.
The names of the suspects and officers were not immediately released.