UPDATE: Sault Ste. Marie Police Officers Injured in Foot Chase, Arrests Made

Two Sault Ste Marie police officers are hurt after trying to chase down two teens after curfew.

One remains hospitalized tonight with severe injuries.

The chase started when an officer spotted two teens loitering near Part and James streets around 4 a.m. Thursday.

Police had increased patrols in the area after multiple car break-ins and vandalism to cars and properties over the last month.

“Curfews aren’t usually strictly enforced, however with a situation like this it’s a tool to help stem anymore of these incidents,” said Police Chief John Riley.

When officer Stempky saw Sequoia Lonetree and another teen near this area early Thursday morning, he tried to question them. But the teens took off running.

“He started chasing them on foot. It led on foot to an area with under growth and just coming out of the wooded area there was a hill that wasn’t visible to the officer he slid and fell forward.”

The chase led Stempky to an area where he slid a few feet and hit his head on this rock.

“Officer Stempky suffered severe skull fractures. I spoke to him this morning and his spirits are up. He will have to undergo surgery though.”

Officer Nate Kaczmarek also suffered minor injuries. The whole department is hoping their coworkers heal quickly.

“I’ve seen a lot of incidents like this. It’s very hard especially when it’s one of your own.”

The prosecutor tells us Lonetree was arrested and is charged with running from police and causing injury. The minor is also charged for running from police.

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An update on the two Upper Peninsula police officers hurt during a foot chase.

The chase started when an officer spotted two teens loitering near Part and James streets around 4 a.m. Thursday.

Police had increased patrols in the area after multiple car break-ins and vandalism to cars and properties over the last month.

When the teens spotted Officer Stempky, they took off running and he gave chase through a wooded area.

As he came out of that area, he slid down a hidden embankment and hit his head on a boulder.

Officer Stempky was rushed to the hospital with skull fractures, and ultimately airlifted to Marquette where he is in stable condition but will need surgery.

Officer Nate Kaczmarek also had minor injuries to his foot during the chase.

Police have arrested the two teens. One teen, Sequoia Lonetree, has been charged with resisting and obstructing an officer causing injury.

Police are still investigating the break-ins and vandalism, and hope to make arrests soon. 

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