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Officer hurt in crash during Johnstown police chase

Police said two men are behind bars and they are searching for a third after a car chase through Johnstown Tuesday. (Cambria County Prison)

Police said two men are behind bars and they are searching for a third after a car chase through Johnstown Tuesday.

Police said Michael Abney, 25, and Mateen Hall, 24, are facing charges after they tried to flee from police.

Police said the incident started in the Kernville section of the city, where an officer said he saw a black Jeep Cherokee with three black men inside fail to signal when turning out of a Sheetz parking lot.

The Jeep had North Carolina registration.

Police said they signaled for the Jeep to pull over, and when an officer approached the Jeep, it sped away, turning onto Messenger Street and eventually coming to a dead end.

The Jeep then did a U-turn and crashed into the front of a police car, disabling it and injuring the driving officer’s knee, according to police.

They said the Jeep then fled through an active school zone, past Greater Johnstown High School.

Superintendent Amy Arcurio said it caused a brief shelter-in-place at the school and delayed dismissal for eight minutes.

More police were called to assist with the chase and the Jeep eventually stopped on Lunen Street, police said.

They said three men got out of the Jeep and ran.

Police said they caught Hall, who was one of the passengers, and Abney, who was driving.

Both men are in the Cambria County Prison and facing charges involving fleeing from police.

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