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Heat fells Fort Worth officers in pursuit

FORT WORTH -- Four police officers who were treated for heat exposure after collapsing while in pursuit of two suspects have been released, the Fort Worth police spokesman said.

The chase began shortly after 2 p.m. after officers responded to a report of two men trying to steal wheels from a trailer parked on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 30 at the Beach Street exit.

The two suspects, upon spotting the officers, fled into the wooded area of Gateway Park and were chased by the officers, said Lt. Henderson, police spokesman.

The two men jumped into the Trinity River and remain at large.

Lt. Paul Henderson said all four officers were transported to Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital. All four were released later Friday.

At the time of the pursuit, temperatures were in the high 90s, but the heat index made it feel as though the heat was above 100.

In an unrelated incident, a crime scene officer drove herself to the emergency room of Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital after experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion. She also has been released, police said.

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