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Three women lead police on long chase across Bay Area; officer seriously injured

Three young women led law enforcement officers on a 72-mile car chase Wednesday across the Bay Area that left a police officer seriously injured.

Twenty-year-old Chartanae Lovely, 21-year-old Davida Fortenbelow and 22-year-old Laje Ford ran from police from Hollister to Hayward, where the California Highway Patrol arrested them.

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Hollister police first tried to pull the women over, when they fled. Police Sgt. Mike Patty was one of the pursuers until his patrol car crashed into a civilian car in Hollister.

Hollister Police Chief David Westrick told KSBW-TV the vehicles were badly mangled. Patty was in serious condition, and the woman driving the other car was treated at a hospital.

The three women are suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from a store in Hollister before they fled.

It's not clear whether they have attorneys who can comment.

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