A routine traffic stop early Sunday morning (May 17) in Lubbock turned into a scuffle and chase.

According to the Lubbock Police Department, an off-duty, uniformed LPD officer pulled a car containing four people over at around 4:17 a.m. on 4th Street. The officer called for backup from an on-duty unit.

While the officer issued curfew citations to the occupants, the front seat passenger shoved him and ran. The officer pursued him, and the back-up unit remained at the vehicle with the other three occupants. The passenger was caught.

During the chase, the on-duty officer who stayed with the vehicle instructed the driver to get back in the car. The driver refused. When the officer attempted to arrest him, a fight ensued.

During the fight, a Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputy was passing by and assisted the officer in taking the suspect into custody.

The two 16-year-old suspects were not named by police. Both male arrestees were transported to the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center.

One was booked for Assault on a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Evading on Foot and Possession of Marijuana. The other was booked Assault on a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Interference with Public Duties and Possession of Marijuana.

The two remaining juvenile occupants were released to adult family members.

The back-up officer received minor injuries during the fight and was taken to UMC, treated and released.