Police update on Sault Ste. Marie's injured officers
Following an incident injuring two police officers on Thursday morning, July 17, the Sault Ste. Marie teen curfew will be heavily enforced.
More details have been released by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department on the injuries of the officers that were led on a foot chase with two teen subjects.
Officer Chris Stempky observed two teens loitering, a male and female, around Park and James St at 3:45 a.m. The two teens then ran towards Ashmun St. through an area that was heavily wooded.
According to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department, right after exiting the wooded area, Officer Stempky slid down a hidden embankment covered with underbrush.
The officer then fell forward hitting his head on a boulder. Officer Stempky was able to call for an ambulance. He was transported to War Memorial Hospital.
The officer was then flown to Marquette General Hospital after medical examiners found had severe skull fractures around his right eye.
The police department released Friday morning that Officer Stempky is in stable condition but will have surgery for his injuries.
Officer Nate Kaczmarek was also involved in the foot chase. Officer Kaczmarek thought he cleared a small ledge while chasing the male subject, but it turned out to be a 7ft. drop. He is suffering minor injuries to his right foot.
According to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department, the area over the past month has experienced a series of vehicle break-ins, stolen items, as well as damages to property accumulating to thousands of dollars.
From police observation and witness information, the suspects in the cases are believed to be in the mid to late teens.
A statement from the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department says that the curfew ordinance restricting times that individuals under 16 can be in public areas have been in place for many years. In the past, police have been more relaxed due to no issues but with recent events of theft and destruction of property, the ordinance will be strictly enforced until the issues are resolved.