- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Authorities say a Providence police officer was injured when his cruiser was sideswiped by a stolen vehicle that was trying to evade police.

Lt. Roger Aspinall says firefighters needed to extricate the injured officer from his car after the crash on Wednesday night. He was taken to a hospital with neck and back injuries that police say aren’t life-threatening.

Aspinall says the officer saw the stolen vehicle but lost sight of it and parked his cruiser. That’s when he says the stolen car sideswiped him and drove away, before striking another car.

The driver was arrested at the second crash. Police say he’ll be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and related offenses.

Authorities didn’t immediately identify the suspect.

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