Two Chino Police officers were injured Monday when their patrol units crashed into each other during an early-morning pursuit on the 60 Freeway in the Chino area.

They are recovering at home after being released that same day from a hospital.

Officer Matt Suarez suffered moderate injuries and Sgt. Michael Johnson had minor injuries when their SUV-type units collided at 1:22 a.m. during a pursuit of a suspect driving a gray Infinity. 

The driver got away and remains at-large.

Officer Suarez was checking on a vehicle in the 3600 block of Placentia Court in the northwest area of Chino when the driver fled.

With both officers behind him, the erratic driver headed west to Reservoir Street in Pomona and entered the eastbound 60 Freeway.

After passing the Ramona Avenue bridge, Officer Suarez’ patrol unit collided with Sgt. Johnson’s patrol unit, slamming both cars into the center divider.

Sgt. Johnson’s vehicle immediately caught fire, the spokeswoman said.

He was able to kick out a back window, free himself and grab a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. 

“Several people had pulled over to help out the officers,” Mrs. Olden said. “The officers could not get the license plate number of the Infinity. The pursuit lasted only a couple of minutes.”

Anyone with information can call Chino Police Department at 628-1234 or the WeTip Hotline at (800) 782-7463.

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