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Three officers hospitalized after Boynton pursuit

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Three Boynton Beach police officers were injured after crashing into a concrete pole while assisting in the pursuit of three burglary suspects, according to Boynton Beach police.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Hollis and 18-year-old Cheado Ceance are in police custody. A third suspect is still on the run after the group allegedly led police on a wild chase.

Rick Morrow, an eyewitness said, "It got crazy real quick."

At first, Morrow says, he heard squeaking wheels coming from around the bend. Then, he looked up from his porch on Seacrest Boulevard in Boynton Beach, just 50 feet away from the oncoming cruiser.

Morrow thought to himself, "Get out the way or you're dead."

Morrow got out of the way. But not before back-up officers crashed.

Suzanne Gitto, the spokeswoman for Boynton Beach explained, "When they were headed down north on Seacrest Boulevard, they came around the corner. And, for some reason, they lost control."

According to police, the driver of the cruiser hit a concrete light pole.

Patricia Allen, a resident said, "It fell on top of the car."

John Schulze, another resident said, "In an instant, 30 or 40 officers were here in a second."

Police say the incident actually started with another officer being called to a burglary in progress around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The officer pursued the suspect's vehicle, a Ford F150 truck. The truck crashed on NW 27th in Boynton Beach, according to police. Gitto explains, "At that time, three suspects bailed out of the vehicle."

That's when the three back-up officers crashed their vehicle responding to the scene. They were safely pulled from the car. And now, Morrow is sweeping away the shattered glass, knowing how close the car came to possibly hitting him.

The suspects face a number of charges including armed burglary and felon in possession of a firearm.

The homeowner who reported the burglary said shotguns and .22 caliber rifles were stolen, as well as ammunition.

Two of the police officers were admitted to Delray Beach Medical Center. The third injured police officer was released.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Jason llopis at 561.742.6144 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1.800.458.TIPS.

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