A woman broke her leg while being chased by two pit bulls and a police officer driving to the scene collided with another car, leaving the officer and a motorist hospitalized with injuries, police said Friday.
The accident occurred after an animal control officer reported that the dogs were loose in a residential neighborhood and were running after a 16-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother, police Lt. Michael Ishii said.
The children ran to the roof of a car and tried to fend off the dogs as they called for help, Ishii said.
The animal control officer sprayed tear gas to distract the dogs as the children fled to safety.
The dogs then chased after a pedestrian before they were nabbed by the officer, Ishii said. No one was bitten, but the woman broke her leg and was taken to a hospital.
Meanwhile, a police officer rushing to the scene crashed into another vehicle, Ishii said.
The officer suffered moderate injuries, while the other motorist had minor injuries.
The pit bulls were returned to their owner, who was cited for not leashing the dogs and ordered to pay a fine of several hundred dollars, Ishii said.