HILLSIDE, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey police officers pursuing a stolen car early Sunday ended up rescuing the driver after the vehicle crashed and burst into flames.

The driver, 29-year-old Shariff Barrett of Bloomfield, and the officers were treated for minor injuries related to the crash, which occurred around 1 a.m. in Hillside.

Authorities say Barrett had stolen the car at gunpoint in Irvington on Saturday night, then later drove into Hillside.

The two officers — whose names were not disclosed — saw the car on Route 22 around 12:45 a.m. and gave chase.

Barrett then drove for about a mile before crashing the car, which then flipped over. The officers then shattered a window to pull him to safety.

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