STATEN ISLAND (WABC) -- Three New Jersey State Police troopers were hurt when gunfire erupted at the end of a wild police pursuit into Staten Island.
Eyewitness News is told the troopers were chasing a vehicle that refused to pull over on the southbound NJ Turnpike in Newark just after 1:30 a.m.
This all started when the troopers tried to pull over a white Chevy Malibu with South Carolina license plates for motor vehicle violations, but the driver refused to stop.
Instead, the driver reportedly continued south on the NJ Turnpike, with state police troopers in pursuit. They chased the Malibu across the Gothels Bridge and onto the Staten Island Expresswayhttp://www.silive.com/westshore/index.ssf/2010/01/wild_police_chase_ends_with_th.htmlThe Malibu got off at Exit 7 and apparently got lost, ending up on a dead end street. Troopers boxed in the vehicle on Park Drive North, a small cul-de-sac.
Police say the driver of the Malibu attempted to drive through the blocking troopers and their patrol cars. Troopers fired shots at the vehicle to make it stop. No one was hit.
The troopers quickly took the occupants of the Malibu -- a female driver and her male passenger -- into custody. Charges were pending against them.
Three state police troopers were apparently hurt when the Malibu driver tried to barrel past them. They were hit by debris kicked up by the vehicle.
Officials say one sustained a head injury, and another had a hand injury.
They were taken to Staten Island University Hospital North for treatment. Their injuries were described as minor.
Police taped off the quiet cul-de-sac as they searched for evidence.