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.

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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