Officer hurt in chase is in need of surgery

A 22-year-old Tucson police officer who was chasing a suspect on foot when he was hit by an SUV driven by another officer was expected to undergo surgery Wednesday.

The officer, who has been on the job for two years, was pursuing a suspect Tuesday night when he was hit, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. He was taken to a hospital with contusions, road rash, a broken pelvis, broken ribs and a knee injury that required surgery.

The officer driving the SUV is 33 years old and has been with the department for six years, Widmer said.

The chase was precipitated by a 911 call about 8:45 p.m. for a domestic-violence incident at a home in the 7200 block of East Rosewood Street, near East Speedway and North Kolb Road.

The suspect, Ronald Smeberg, 25, was outside the home when officers arrived and he ran from police. Officers later learned Smeberg arrived at the home driving a stolen vehicle, Widmer said.

Almost an hour later, as officers searched the neighborhood, it was reported the suspect was at a gas station at East Broadway and North Wilmot Road, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke.

Smeberg ran east across Wilmot, Hawke said.

In trying to capture Smeberg, a patrol car came to a stop in the middle of Wilmot and the 22-year-old officer jumped out to continue the chase on foot.

The officer in the SUV, following close behind, swerved right around the stopped patrol car to continue pursuing the suspect and that's when he hit the other officer, Widmer said.

Smeberg, who was wanted on a felony warrant for parole violation, was captured by another officer and booked into the Pima County jail.

He is facing charges of auto theft and possession of burglary tools. He also is facing several misdemeanor domestic-violence charges from the previous day when he showed up at the same home, Widmer said.