ATLANTA -- Two Atlanta police cars crashed into each other just before 1:00 a.m. in southeast Atlanta, along Forrest Park Road SE.
Capt. Scott Kreher said an officer was heading down the road when he learned from his car's electronic equipment that an approaching car was possibly stolen.
The officer turned around to follow that car and called additional officers for backup. Those additional units, Kreher said, followed the vehicle until it's driver made a quick right turn.
At that point, the car had not been confirmed stolen.
The squad cars stopped immediately, causing the third car in line to hit another patrol from behind. The two cars were damaged extensively, and Kreher said they're likely totaled.
One of those patrol cars was part of the brand new batch, introduced only a week ago.
A female officer was taken to Grady Hospital, but appeared to be okay. Dispatchers say she scraped her arm in the accident. The other officer involved was shaken up, but not injured.
The driver who made the abrupt turn ahead of the accident was not charged, and his car was found to not be stolen. Officers said the driver's car had been repossessed, and he had reported it stolen.
The driver never let authorities know he had taken back ownership of his vehicle.