Three Allentown police officers were injured Friday afternoon as police pursued a drug suspect's car through the streets, into Whitehall Township and back.
At least one cop was struck near 5th and Linden streets, where a mangled police bicycle was on the ground.
A police officer was being loaded into a nearby ambulance just before 3 p.m.
At least one other police officer was driving a cruiser car that was rear-ended.
Allentown police report the incident started with a drug investigation at 4th and Allen streets.
Police tried to stop a drug suspect's car but it fled.
Police pursued the car into Whitehall and then back into Allentown. As the chase continued, the speed increased.
The suspect hit two police cars and a police officer on his bike.
That suspect continued to flee and went through construction fencing at Law and Court streets, two alleys at the former Colonial Theater site in downtown Allentown where a new office building will be built.
At 6th and Gordon streets, the unidentified suspect jumped out of the car but was apprehended by police
All three police officers were taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
Police spokesmen said all three suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
Accident interrupts major Allentown event:
At the time of the incident, the Pennsylvania Society was holding a luncheon in a huge tent at 6th and Linden streets.
"The PA Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious organizations in the commonwealth. It's business and political leaders that are dedicated to civic engagement," explained State Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh).
The rear-ended police car apparently was pushed into a utility pole along Linden Street near the luncheon tent.
"All of the sudden the sirens were just blaring and really close and then all of the sudden bam, bam and then another bam," explained Charlie Breene of Oil City. "There was a lot of good security here, so they were all running."
Title of the annual luncheon was "The Miracle that is Allentown."
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, The Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, cabinet secretaries, state senators and Congressman Charlie Dent were at the luncheon, which was attended by 400-500 people.
While the incident may have happened at an inopportune time, it didn't seem to change people's opinions of the city.
"I think they understand this thing could have happened anywhere and probably does from day to day, just not necessarily right in front of the Pennsylvania Society's annual luncheon," said Gerow.
"I am really impressed with Allentown," said Breene.
Rep. Schlossberg said, "It was a negative but it still made me proud to be an Allentownian because you got to see Allentown as its finest, our brave men and women rising up to protect the city."