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Three York City Police officers were in stable condition early this morning at a local hospital after a crash that involved two cruisers during a chase through the city, according to Lt. Troy Bankert.

One suspect is in custody after the chase, which continued after the Wednesday night crash at the corner of South Sherman and Edison streets in the east side of the city.

Bankert, who oversees department's detective bureau, declined to answer any other questions when he addressed the media shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday, saying the department would put out a news release later this morning. He said the release would include further information, including the suspect's name.

The scene:

Angel Berrios, who lives nearby, said he heard the crash at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and came right out.

"I heard two big bangs," he said at the scene.

About 15 minutes after the crash was called in, groups of onlookers watched as emergency personnel converged on the pair of wrecked cruisers. One of the cars, a Dodge Charger, was flipped upside down near the intersection. Its front in particular was badly mangled.

Nearby sat an older cruiser right-side up, all the paint on its hood burned off and the metal distorted by the flames onlookers said blazed until firefighters arrived to put them out. The lights on top looked as if fire had melted their front, and a crushed driver-side front corner of the car indicated major impact.

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