GRPD IDs suspect in chase in which 2 officers were hurt

Grand Rapids
A picture of a short chase on Grand Rapids' west side on Aug. 3, 2019. (Courtesy of Grand Rapids Police Department)

A picture of a short chase on Grand Rapids’ west side on Aug. 3, 2019. (Courtesy of Grand Rapids Police Department)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police have identified a suspect involved in a short chase on Grand Rapids’ West Side in which two officers were injured.

Philbert Matthews, 20, who police say was also injured in the chase, was arraigned Monday in Grand Rapids District Court on several charges, including resisting and obstructing police, fleeing and eluding police and receiving and concealing a stolen automobile.

Authorities were called around 11:20 a.m. Saturday to a home in the 900 block of Crosby Street NW for what was described as trouble with a person.

When officers arrived, they tried to talk with Matthews. However, Matthews fled the area in a vehicle, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Authorities tried to do a traffic stop, but they say Matthews continued to drive and struck other motorists on the road, police say.

After a short chase, Matthews allegedly crashed the vehicle and tried to run away. Officers went after him and took him into custody.

GRPD Sgt. Dan Adams says one officer received minor injuries during the crash. That officer has since been treated and released.

Adams says the other officer was injured while subduing the suspect and is still being treated at an area hospital.

No one else was hurt in the vehicle crashes during the chase, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345. 

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