APD officer injured during chase

34-year-old Chad Michael Richards was arrested Tuesday after running from Amarillo Police Department officers during an arrest.

APD said the incident began when Richards was stopped by an APD Motorcycle officer for expired registration and inspection stickers in the 300 block of Amarillo Boulevard East. The officer discovered Richards had several outstanding warrants in Gray County for theft over $100,000 and felony bond surrender along with another warrant out of Potter County for theft.

Richards was then placed under arrest and sat on the curb as the officer requested a marked unit for assistance while he began identifying the other occupants of the vehicle. As the officer worked, Richards slipped the handcuffs around to the front of his body and began to run from police. One officer chased Richards from the area, across Amarillo Boulevard near East and Pierce and then across north Buchanan on northeast 9th.

APD said APD detectives responded to the incident to assist in locating Richards. One detective saw him running in the 800 block of north Lincoln and began to chase him. Officers were able to catch up with Richards who was kicking officers while they attempted to re-handcuff him. One officer suffered a separated shoulder and was transported to a local hospital.

According to APD, several pieces of identifying information was found inside the motor vehicle Richards was in. APD said the identifying information appears to be from recent auto burglaries reported in southwest Amarillo.

Richards was placed into a patrol car and transported to the Potter County Detention Center on the outstanding warrants as well as aggravated assault on a peace officer, escape from custody and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.