Omaha police officer suffers minor injuries in crash; 2 men in fleeing SUV injured

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OMAHA, Nebraska — A police officer has suffered minor injuries and two men in the vehicle that hit his squad car were also injured when their vehicle crashed a few blocks away.

Omaha police say the two men were in a sport utility vehicle that rear-ended Officer Phillip Hodges' squad car around 3:40 a.m. Friday in north Omaha. The SUV sped off, with other officers chasing it, before it crashed into a utility pole and another vehicle a few blocks away.

Hodges was treated at an Omaha hospital for minor injuries.

Both men in the SUV were hospitalized, including the man believed to be driving, who was thrown from the vehicle and critically injured. Police say he will be charged once he's released from the hospital.

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