Police chase leads to several injuries in Harrisburg
HARRISBURG, Dauphin County – UPDATE: A police chase sent several people to the hospital on Saturday.
According to Harrisburg Police Department, an officer stopped 28-year-old John Barber along North 6th at Woodbine Street at 8:01 a.m. for an expired registration on his 2018 black Honda Civic.
After several minutes, officers asked Barber to turn off his car instead the 28-year-old sped away with an officer hanging onto the doorframe of Barber’s car according to police.
The officer was not injured, police say.
Authorities say the officers then pursued the 28-year-old for a short time before being ordered to stop.
Police say Barber continued to drive at high speeds while heading southbound on North 6th street.
At 8:08 a.m police say they responded to a car crash on Commonwealth and Forster Streets. Officers determined that one of the vehicles involved was Barber’s car.
According to police, the 28-year-old drove through a red light on North 6th and Forster Street and hit a pickup truck carrying a family of six. Police say the impact from the Barber’s car caused the pickup truck to flip over onto its roof.
Barber was taken to a local hospital where he remains in custody.
Police say the driver of the pickup truck is suffering life-threatening injuries. Two adults, 3-year-old twins and a 13-year-old boy were also taken to a local hospital to treat moderate injuries according to police.
Police say Barber had a parole warrant for absconding and for having drugs in his vehicle.
Currently, the Traffic Safety Unit is investigating. Charges are pending for Barber.
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Emergency dispatchers say the crash happened before 9 a.m. on Forster Street.
The accident involved two vehicles. So far no injuries are being reported.
Right now, the intersection of Forster Street from 3rd is closed while authorities investigate and clean- up the scene.
This story is developing.